Legal Ethics: California Joins the “Rat” Pack — Navigating New Rule 8.3

Zach McGee
December 02, 2023
Legal Ethics


In the latest installment in this popular series, Zach McGee discusses the “new” Rule 8.3 that requires California lawyers for the first time to report misconduct by other lawyers. This program includes a thorough discussion of ABA Model Rule 8.3, upon which California’s Rule 8.3 is based albeit with significant differences, as well as a review of the difficult issues that both California’s Rule 8.3 and ABA Model Rule 8.3 raise for practicing lawyers relating to self-reporting, confidentiality and discipline.


Zach McGee, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA

Zach McGee is a Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles where he negotiates distribution deals for feature films and television series. Before joining Sony Pictures, Zach held senior in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Miramax. Zach began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and as an associate with DavisPolk in New York, New York, and Menlo Park, California. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and he received his Masters of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Zach is also a successful entrepreneur and founder of educational content companies in the legal space.

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