Jennifer Becker is an experienced trial lawyer with 30 years of practice handling professional liability and ethics matters involving attorneys, architects, engineers and accountants. She is Certified as a Legal Malpractice Specialist by the State Bar of California.

She began her career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer focusing on legal malpractice claims. Ms. Becker joined Long & Levit in 1999 where her unique perspective has served to effectively defend attorneys in legal malpractice actions, and provide counsel on their ethical responsibilities. She has also expanded her practice to include the defense of construction defect, personal injury, commercial litigation, and other professional liability claims. Ms. Becker is skilled as both a litigator and negotiator.

Ms. Becker also provides risk management and ethics advice to her attorney and architect clients based...More

Jennifer Becker is an experienced trial lawyer with 30 years of practice handling professional liability and ethics matters involving attorneys, architects, engineers and accountants. She is Certified as a Legal Malpractice Specialist by the State Bar of California.

She began her career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer focusing on legal malpractice claims. Ms. Becker joined Long & Levit in 1999 where her unique perspective has served to effectively defend attorneys in legal malpractice actions, and provide counsel on their ethical responsibilities. She has also expanded her practice to include the defense of construction defect, personal injury, commercial litigation, and other professional liability claims. Ms. Becker is skilled as both a litigator and negotiator.

Ms. Becker also provides risk management and ethics advice to her attorney and architect clients based on her many years of handling professional liability disputes.

Ms. Becker enjoys speaking and writing about Professional Liability issues. She presents on the topic of risk management and ethics at local bar associations, and has been Editor-In-Chief of the firm’s Professional Liability Update publications since 2001. Ms. Becker was appointed to the California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Rules and Conduct for a three year term commencing October 2012. Ms. Becker has been the chair Legal Malpractice Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco since 2014.
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Professional Profile

Academics, Admissions & Professional Recognition

Academics

  • Hastings College of The Law, San Francisco, California, J.D., 1985
  • University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California,  B.A. with high honors, English Literature, 1981

Admissions

  • State Bar of California, 1985
  • Certified Specialist, Legal Malpractice, 2012

Professional Recognition

  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services awarded by the State Bar of California, 2003, 2004, 2005
Professional & Civic Involvement
  • Chair, Legal Malpractice Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2014 to present
  • Member, California State Bar Committee on Professional Rules and Conduct, 2012 – 2015
  • Volunteer attorney, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Second Chance Clinic
  • Volunteer attorney, Bar Association of San Francisco and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
  • “Lawyers in the Library” Alameda County Bar Association
Publications
  • The Duty of Candor, Los Angeles – San Francisco Daily Journal, April 27, 2017
  • A Judge Bribed is Justice Denied, Los Angeles – San Francisco Daily Journal, July 25, 2014
  • Donzinger-Another Chapter Closed, Los Angeles – San Franicsco Daily Journal, August 16, 2016
  • Ethical Duties to Third Parties, California State Bar Journal, April, 2014
  • Zealous Advocacy Loses Ground, Los Angeles – San Francisco Daily Journal, October 11, 2013
  • The “No Contact” Rule – Trickier Than You Think, California State Bar Journal, May, 2013
  • Editor-in-Chief, Professional Liability Updates, 2001 to the present
  • Author of over 100 Professional Liability Updates www.longlevit.com/blog/
  • Author of Risk Management Tip, BASF Monthly Bulletin, January 2017 to the present

 

Presentations
  • The Duty of Candor, Old Rules, New Rules, and Zealous Representation, Bar Association of San Francisco, October 2017
  • The Heartland of the Privilege, California State Bar Committee on Professional Rules and Conduct, Annual Ethics Symposium, April 2017 and USC Gould School of Law Entertainment Law Institute October 2017
  • Ethics Tips for Using the Internet to Enhance and Market Your Practice, Practicing Law Institute, February 2017
  • Avoiding Legal Malpractice, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, January 2017
  • Legal Malpractice and Ethics: 2016 in Review, Bar Association of San Francisco, January 2017
  • Ethical Walls, Bar Association of San Francisco, November 2016
  • Legal Malpractice and Professional Ethics: Recent Developments, Bar Association of San Francisco, January 2016
  • Dealing With Difficult Clients, California State Bar Annual Meeting, October 2015
  • Traps and Pitfalls for Real Estate Attorneys, Bar Association of San Francisco, April 2015
  • The Color of Money: Alternative Litigation Funding, California State Bar Committee on Professional Rules and Conduct, Annual Ethics Symposium, April 2015
  • The Top Developments from the Past Year Impacting the Law of Lawyering, Santa Clara County Bar Association, January 2015
  • Legal Malpractice and Professional Ethics: Recent Developments, Bar Association of San Francisco, January 2015
  • Blogging, Tweeting and the New Frontier of Attorney Advertising: How to Stay Within the Ethical Bounds, California State Bar Annual Meeting, 2014
  • Representing a Bernie Madoff or Charles Ponzi, California State Bar Committee on Professional Rules and Conduct, Annual Ethics Symposium, April 2014
  • 2013 in Review: Key Developments in Professional Liability, Bar Association of San Francisco, January 2014
  • Ethics: The Estate Planner Roadmap to Navigating Conflicts, State Bar of California’s Annual Taxation Conference, November 2013
  • Conflicts 201, Beyond the Basics, California State Bar Annual Meeting, October 2013
  • Ethical Risk Management, Bar Association of San Francisco and Berkeley Albany Bar Association, September, 2013
  • Ethically Lawyering Opposite a Pro Per, Sonoma County Women Lawyers Association, May, 2013
  • Attorney Fee Payments – New Options, Old Ethics, Bar Association of San Francisco Solo and Small Firm Practice Section, March, 2013
  • Ethical Risk Management for the Family Law and Trusts and Estates Attorney, California State Bar Annual Meeting, October 2012
  • Ethical Risk Management for Attorneys, presentations to Local Bar Associations: 2011 to present
  • Smart Practice Not Malpractice, program presented to lawyers throughout California including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento 2003-2004
  • Steering a Safer Path: Risk Management for Lawyers, presented to lawyers throughout California including Monterey, Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles, 2000-2002
  • Avoiding Attorney Liability to Non-Clients in the Transactional, Litigation and Estate Planning Settings presented to Santa Clara County Bar Association, January 2002
Representative Matters
  • Tried a software development dispute involving cross-claims to favorable jury verdict
  • Tried a legal malpractice case against attorney defendant regarding settlement advice to a favorable jury verdict
  • Tried a fee dispute with a cross-complaint for legal malpractice involving inadequate settlement claim to a favorable judgment
  • Obtained dismissal of attorney sued by high-profile author under California’s anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation statute
  • Summary judgment in favor of architect in catastrophic personal injury dispute based on statute of limitations for patent defects.

Areas of Expertise

  • Defense and risk management for attorneys, architects and engineers
  • Practical, cost effective, dispute resolution

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