Amir Tahmassebi, Partner
Konicek & Dillon, P.C.
Amir R. Tahmassebi is currently a partner at Konicek & Dillon and concentrates his practice in the areas of professional negligence, legal ethics, commercial litigation, casualty and sports law. He has successfully defended and prosecuted numerous lawyers, accountants, architects and engineers throughout the nation and has tried dozens of cases to verdict. Mr. Tahmassebi has successfully handled legal malpractice cases on a wide range of issues and recently obtained a defense verdict in a legal malpractice case seeking over ten million in damages. He has represented attorneys, accountants and other professionals in civil and administrative hearings before the Attorney Disciplinary Commission and Department of Professional Regulation. Mr. Tahmassebi has a handled and tried cases throughout the nation in both federal and state courts in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, New York, Wisconsin and California. Mr. Tahmassebi also represents a number of well-known professional athletes, including NFL and PGA professionals, in various matters such as litigation and contract negotiations.
Mr. Tahmassebi is currently a co-chair of the Chicago Bar Associations Committee for Professional Responsibility as well as a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. He regularly speaks on legal ethics and how to avoid legal malpractice. Mr. Tahmassebi has been honored in the 2012-2019 Super Lawyers Publication in the area of legal malpractice.
J. Scott Rhodes, Chair, Legal Ethics / General Counsel
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.
Mr. Rhodes regularly serves as an expert witness and advises attorneys and law firms in matters relating to State Bar complaints, legal malpractice, fee disputes, disciplinary matters, bar admission, and other licensing, ethics, and professional responsibility matters. In addition, Mr. Rhodes currently serves as the firm’s General Counsel and previously held the position of Managing Attorney.
Mr. Rhodes was named Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants in 2019, Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law in 2013, 2018, and 2020 and Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Administrative Law in 2011 by The Best Lawyers in America®. The State Bar of Arizona selected Mr. Rhodes for the 2010 Member of the Year Award. Mr. Rhodes is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Administrative/Regulatory Law, Arbitration, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility Law, Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants, Litigation-Municipal, Mediation, and Municipal Law from 2009 through 2018. Under Mr. Rhodes’ leadership, Jennings Strouss ranked #1 in the United States in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law by The Best Lawyers in America® 2010, and #1 in Arizona in 2011.
William E. Gericke, Member
William E. Gericke is a partner at Cozen O’Connor and practices in the Firm’s Legal Profession Services group. Mr. Gericke is a veteran trial lawyer and his practice focuses on representing lawyers and law firms in federal and state courts and disciplinary agencies in actions for civil liability, in professional ethics and responsibility matters, and in risk management. He has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Mr. Gericke’s extensive experience as a trial lawyer combined with his concentration in the law governing the liabilities and responsibilities of lawyers enables him to both counsel and protect his lawyer and law firm clients in the challenging environment of legal practice.