Patricia Annette Sallen

Adjunct Professor of Law

Patricia A. Sallen is an ethics consultant and attorney. She teaches at local, state and national ethics-related CLE seminars and writes frequently on ethics topics for publication. She contributed the chapter on ethics in the State Bar’s Arizona Attorney’s Fees Manual and was an editor and writer for the new edition of the State Bar’s Arizona Legal Ethics Handbook.

She formerly served as director of Special Services & Ethics/Deputy General Counsel for the State Bar of Arizona, where among other duties she served as the State Bar’s ethics counsel, advising lawyers on resolving ethical dilemmas, providing education about the Rules of Professional Conduct and serving as counsel to the Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. She has worked as a bar counsel in the State Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Office and has taught professional responsibility as an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

While in private practice (both in large firms and as a sole practitioner), she focused on media and intellectual property law and general civil and appellate litigation.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked as a reporter for a major newspaper. After law school, she clerked for Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Sarah D. Grant.

Among other current activities, she is a member of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee, Phoenix’s Camelback East Village Planning Committee, and the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility CLE Committee and Policy Implementation Committee.

She was a co-recipient of the State Bar’s 1994 Award of Special Merit and in 2008 was named the State Bar’s employee of the year.

She can be reached at or 480-290-4841, and blogs at