Ellen A. Pansky

Top rated Professional Liability attorney in South Pasadena, California

Pansky Markle Attorneys at Law
Ellen A. Pansky
Pansky Markle Attorneys at Law

Practice Areas: Professional Liability; view more

Licensed in California since: 1977

Education: Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Pansky Markle Attorneys at Law

1010 Sycamore Avenue
Suite 308
South Pasadena, CA 91030 Visit website


Ellen A. Pansky, Pansky Markle Attorneys at Law, focuses her practice on professional liability and legal ethics. Located in South Pasadena, California, she represents law firms, attorneys and bar applicants throughout California in licensing and regulatory proceedings, in legal malpractice matters, and she advises and consults in law practice risk management and legal ethics compliance. Ms. Pansky is certified as a specialist in legal malpractice law by the Board of Legal Specialization of The State Bar of California, and she is a California State Bar certified MCLE provider. Ms. Pansky is a recognized legal ethics expert, and she frequently testifies as an expert witness in legal malpractice lawsuits. 

A native of Southern California, Ms. Pansky attended the University of California, Los Angeles as an undergraduate, graduating in 3 years summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1974. She attended Loyola Law School and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1977. Shortly after being admitted to practice, Ms. Pansky joined the Office of Chief Trial Counsel of The State Bar of California, where she spent five years as a prosecutor, litigating before the State Bar Court. She then served as an assistant General Counsel for The State Bar of California, briefing and arguing more than a dozen State Bar cases before the California Supreme Court. She was an associate at a  litigation defense firm in Los Angeles from 1985-1989. Together with her late husband, R. Gerald Markle, in 1989, Ms. Pansky formed Pansky Markle, known as "Advisors to the Legal Profession.."

Ms. Pansky has also  been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. A recipient of The State Bar of California's Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services, Ms. Pansky has been awarded other prestigious honors as well, including a longstanding AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and the 2016 Charles W. Kettlewell Legal Ethics Advisor Award. Ms. Pansky is a member of the U.S. District Court Standing Committee on Discipline.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Professional Liability: Defense, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other

  • 90% Professional Liability: Defense
  • 10% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1977, California

Professional Webpage: http://panskymarkle.com/ellen-pansky/

Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • State Bar of California Certified MCLE provider
  • California State Bar Certified Specialist in the area of Legal Malpractice Law
Educational Background:
  • B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1974
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Greene v. Zank (1984) 158 Cal.App.3d 497
  • Leoni v. State Bar (1985) 39 Cal.3d 609
  • Lister v. State Bar (1990) 51 Cal.3d 1117
  • In Re Paguirigan (2001) 25 Cal.4th 1, and In Re Lesansky (2001) 25 Cal.4th 11
  • Ballard v. State Bar (1983) 35 Cal.3d. In 1983
  • Tarver v. State Bar (1984) 37 Cal. 3d 122
  • Trousil v. State Bar (1985) 38 Cal.3d 337
  • Lybbert v. State Bar (Review Dept. 1993) 2 Cal. State Bar Ct. Rptr. 297
  • Rimel v. State Bar (1983) 34 Cal. 3d 128
  • Palomo v. State Bar (1984) 36 Cal.3d 785
  • Ritter v. State Bar (1985) 40 Cal.3d 595
  • Sternlieb v. State Bar (1990) 52 Cal.3d 317
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Attorney Discipline: Are We on the Wrong Path?” Los Angeles Lawyer, July/August 2012
  • “Playing the Percentages”Los Angeles County Bar Update, Vol. 30, No. 9, October 2010
  • “A Flat Fee Future” Los Angeles County Bar Update, January 2010
  • “Construction Project: Authorizing Ethical Walls in California” Los Angeles County Bar Update, April 2000, Vol. 20, No. 4
  • “Fair Share?” Los Angeles Daily Journal (California Law Business Supplement) October 2000
  • “Don’t Fight Your Substitution Out of a Client’s Matter” Los Angeles County Bar Update, January 2002, Vol. 22, No. 1
  •  “Communication and Diligence,” Emory Law Journal, August 2003
  • “Lien Provisions in Contingent Fee Contracts: Are You Violating the California Rules of Professional Conduct?” – Forum April 2006
  • “Belated Fee Complaints: What to Do?” Los Angeles County Bar publication – Los Angeles County Bar Update January 2004
  • “Barred for Life? Permanent Sanction for Ethics Abuses Won’t Cure Profession’s Ills,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 1995
  • California Women Lawyers’ Glass Ceiling Surveys Reports (1993-94 and 1995)
  • “Client Trust Account Procedures: How to Ensure Proper Compliance,” Los Angeles Lawyer, December 1992
  • “An Attorney’s Expanding Fiduciary Duties to Opposing Parties and Non-Clients,” State Bar General Practice Section Newsletter, Fall 1992
  • “Gender Bias in the Legal Profession,” Women Lawyers Journal, April 1996
  • “Mitigation of Disciplinary Sanctions: Justice and Fairness Require Analysis of Each Individual Attorney,” The Professional Lawyer, American Bar Association 21st Ethics Symposium, June 1995
  • “Conduct Becoming,” Los Angeles Lawyer, September 1997
  • “Between an Ethical Rock and a Hard Place: Balancing Duties to the Organizational Client and Its Constituents,” South Texas Law Review, October 1996
  • “Balance Client Trust Account to Avoid Bar Discipline,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 1999
  • “When Representing Multiple Parties, Don’t Waver on Waivers,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 1999
  • “Bonus Points,” Los Angeles Lawyer, September 2000
  • “One Easy Way to Become the Target of a State Bar Complaint: Fail to Regularly Communicate with Clients,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 1999
  • “You’re Outta Here! Avoiding Disqualification When Representing Small Organizational Clients” LACBA Update November/December, 2015
  • “Can We Talk? What and When to Tell Your Client About Your Potential Legal Malpractice.” Best Practices for Addressing Professional Liability Claims
  • “Wearing Many Hats” State Bar of California Big Meeting Magazine, 2009 Annual Meeting IssueFall 2009
  • “To Err Is Human – Or Is It Moral Turpitude?” Los Angeles County Bar Update, Vol. 29, No. 3, March 2009
  • “Application of California’s Modified Substantial Relationship Test to International Law Firm Conflict of Interest: Creative Solution or Can of Worms?” Penn State Law Review, October 2008
  •  “The Connection Between Ethical Advocacy and a Lawyer’s Integrity” Los Angeles County Bar Update, November 2007
  • “California Ethical Rules Governing Restriction on Law Practice” ABA/CPR Conference June 2007
  • “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Terminating the Attorney/Client Relationship,” Los Angeles County Bar Update, January 2007, Vol. 27, No.1
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Martindale Hubble Preeminent Lawyer
  • This recognition by APRL, the preeminant national organization of lawyers and legal professionals who specialize in legal ethics and professional responsibility, the Charles W. Kettlewell Legal Ethics Advisor Award has been granted only to a small number of lawyers who exemplify the highest professional standards, special expertise in legal ethics, and a demonstrated record of service to the legal ethics community., Charles W. Kettlewell Legal Ethics Advisor Award, Association of Professional Responsibility, 2016
  • Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Services Award
  • Super Lawyers, 2006 - present
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of California Ad Hoc Commission on Discipline, 2021
  • ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (APRL liaison 2006-2008; voting member 2012-2015)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • United States District Courts for the Northern Districts of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Assistant Vice President, 2009-2012
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • LACBA Ad Hoc Committee on State Bar Admissions Regulation Reform Proposals, 2013-2016
  • ABA Women Rainmakers Committee
  • Women Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles
  • California, 1977
  • California State Bar’s Pilot Program Interaction Advisory Committee
  • United States District Courts for the Southern Districts of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Senior Lawyers Division Executive Committee, 2010-2013
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Steering Committee of the BreakfastClub
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member of the Board of Trustees, 2005-2009
  • United States District Courts for the Central Districts of California
  • LACBA-WLALA Joint Task Force on the Retention and Promotion of Women Lawyers, Member 2010-present
  • LACBA Ad Hoc President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession, 2013-2016
Industry Groups:
  • American Bar Association
  • Association Of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • National Association Of Women Lawyers
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association Of Los Angeles

Office location for Ellen A. Pansky

1010 Sycamore Avenue
Suite 308
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Phone: 213-626-7300

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