Richard Flamm

California Legal Ethics Expert




Born in Chicago, Mr. Flamm moved to Southern California in 1965. After graduating from Beverly Hills High School Mr. Flamm attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he obtained degrees in both English Literature and Psychology. Mr. Flamm then attended Columbia University in New York City for a year, before ultimately deciding to attend law school at Rutgers University, where he received his juris doctorate, as well as a master’s degree in political science, in 1981. 


Litigation Experience

After a brief stint as a litigator in New York City, Mr. Flamm returned to California to join what was then a mid-size San Francisco firm, Long & Levit, which specialized in defending legal malpractice cases. It was there that Mr. Flamm was assigned the task of handling his first disqualification motion in 1986. As a litigator, however, Mr. Flamm is best known for writing the briefs and handling the oral argument for the prevailing party in Truck Ins. Exch. v. Fireman’s Fund (1992) 6 Cal. App. 4th 1050 – the case in which the “hot potato” doctrine was incorporated into California jurisprudence.



Mr. Flamm’s first academic position was teaching Business Law to undergraduates at the City University of New York. He subsequently taught professional responsibility as an adjunct professor at both the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and Golden Gate University Law School. In addition to lecturing at schools, Mr. Flamm has presented talks on conflicts of interests, disqualification, and related topics for a number of law firms and private corporations, as well as for a wide array of public organizations; among them: the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the Center for Continuing Education, Mealey’s, the Practising Law Institute, and the American Judicature Society. To watch an online video by Mr. Flamm on this subject click here.