Denise M. Quinterri – Arizona State Bar Professional Attorney

Denise M. Quinterri concentrates her practice on ethics, lawyer discipline, and professional responsibility. After graduating from the University of Arizona College of Law, Denise joined the law firm of Quarles & Brady Streich Lang LLP, as an associate practicing in the litigation section.

She then served as Bar Counsel for the State Bar of Arizona for several years, where she was personally responsible for investigating and processing a wide variety of lawyer discipline matters and litigating formal attorney discipline cases before hearing officers and the Disciplinary Commission of the Arizona Supreme Court. Denise then went back into private practice, initially working with David Dodge at Dodge Anderson, where she and Mr. Dodge handled the lawyer ethics and regulatory matters undertaken by the firm. In 2008, Denise opened her own firm, although she maintains close ties with Mr. Dodge (

Denise provides affordable representation for lawyers in professional discipline, from initial Bar investigations (“Bar complaints”) to formal proceedings before the Presiding Disciplinary Judge or the Supreme Court. She counsels and represents individuals applying for the Bar with regard to the Character and Fitness process. She advises and consults on general professional responsibility issues and provides the occasional opinion letter.  She also presents continuing legal education (“CLE”) programs and provides advice and/or representation in fee disputes.

In the course of her practice, Denise has processed hundreds of lawyer discipline inquiries and litigated dozens of formal cases. Denise knows the process and she knows the case law. If you are an attorney in need of ethics advice or representation in a disciplinary or character and fitness proceeding, Denise can most likely help you. If she cannot help, she will direct you to someone who can.

*Confidential references from current and past clients may be provided upon request.


  • Joint Committee on ABA Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions (NOBC and APRL): 2010

Continuing Legal Education Presentations

  • Pro Bono and Ethical Issues (2002, 2003)
  • State Bar of Arizona Course on Professionalism (2004, 2005)
  • State Bar Ethical Morning at the Movies (2005)
  • State Bar Trust Account Ethics Enhancement Program (“TAEEP”) (2005)
  • Ethics Update and Tips (2007)
  • State Bar Ethical Trends Today (2007)
  • State Bar Convention: Arizona Foundation for Law Related Education: Does Your Life Feel Unbalanced? (2007)
  • Lawyers Behaving Badly (2008)
  • Bar Complaints Wearing You Down? Ethical Considerations for the Criminal Defense Contract Lawyer (2008)
  • Legal Ethics: Duties & Guidelines (2008)
  • Changes to Ethics Rules and Trust Account Audits: Lawyers Who Represent Lawyers Explain What You Need to Know (MCBA, 2009)
  • BEWARE OF BAR COMPLAINTS: What You Need to Know About the Attorney Discipline Process (Arizona Attorney General’s Office, 2009)
  • Attorney-Client Privilege Distinguished from Confidentiality (MCBA, 2009)
  • Ethics for Lawyers (AZ School of Real Estate & Business, 2010)
  • Lawyers Who Represent Lawyers Discuss Discipline System Changes (MCBA, 2010)
  • State Regulation of Federal Practice (Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, 2010)
  • Ethics for Business & Real Estate Lawyers (AZ School of Real Estate & Business, 2011)
  • Ethics Tips for Young Attorneys (State Bar YLD, 2012)
  • Ethics for Lawyers (AZ School of Real Estate & Business, 2012)
  • 50 Ways to Avoid Malpractice Claims and Bar Complaints (MCBA, 2012)

Education and Honors

J.D., cum laude, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Arizona, Sociology

  • AV Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell
  • President 2008-2009, Horace Rumpole Inn of Court
  • President-Elect 2007-2008, Horace Rumpole Inn of Court
  • Mark Santana Award for Exceptional Contributions in Law-Related Education, 2006
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program: Attorney of the Month, 2006
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program Advisory Committee, 2002-2005
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education: Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys of Arizona, 2003
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program: New Attorney of the Year, 2002
  • Outstanding Appellate Brief Award, Moot Court Competition
  • Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law:  Greatest Contribution by Second Year Writer

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Horace Rumpole Inn of Court
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona

Published Articles

  • Inside Counsel as a Member of the Board of Directors,” with David D. Dodge, Corporate Practice Series of The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (September 2007)

Practice Areas

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Contact Denise Quinterri Do not take a chance when your license is on the line. If you have questions about lawyer ethics issues in Arizona, contact Denise.

Phone: (480) 239-9807
4802 E. Ray Rd. Ste. 23-419
Phoenix, AZ 85044

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