Robert L. Kehr

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Robert L. Kehr’s practice includes business and real estate transactions and estate planning, providing legal ethics advice to lawyers, law firms and businesses that work with lawyers, and serving as a consultant and expert witness concerning lawyer conduct and fiduciary issues.

Mr. Kehr was a member of the Committee for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct and is the former Chair of the State Bar Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct and of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School, a member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and for many years has been a volunteer fee arbitrator through California’s mandatory fee arbitration program. He is an author and a frequent speaker regarding the professional responsibilities of lawyers.


  • Corporate transactions
  • Estate planning
  • Advising on legal ethics


  • State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles County


  • Cornell University
  • Columbia University School of Law


  • State Bar of California:
    • Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct (2005-2017);
    • Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (Member, 1996-2001, Chair, 1999-2000 and Special Advisor, 2000-01).
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association: 
    • Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee (Member, 1981-Present; Chair, 1986-87);
    • Evaluation of Professional Standards Committee (Member, 1988- merged into PREC);
    • Arbitrator, Fee Arbitration Committee (1980-Present).


  • Adjunct Professor, Loyola Law School – 2017 – Present
  • American Law Institute – 2011 – Present


  • “The Lawyer as Director,” Los Angeles County Bar Updates (April 2018);“
  • The Lawyer as Escrow Holder,” Los Angeles County Bar Updates (March 2018);
  • “Lawyer Ethics in Real Estate Transactions,” ABA Probate & Property, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March/Apr 2012) with Prof. Roger Bernhardt;
  • “The Lawyer as Scrivener,” Vol. 34, No. 6, p. 20, Los Angeles Lawyer (2011);
  • “Midcourse Corrections: Being Professionally Responsible in Property Transactions,” 34 CEB Real Property Law Reporter 123 (July 2011) with Prof. Roger Bernhardt);
  • “When a Lawyer-Mediator Prepares the Settlement Agreement,” Vol. 27, No. 12, ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct (2011);
  • “Principles or Rules: What is the Best Approach to Regulation?” Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 12 and August 13, 2010;
  • “Lawyer Error: Malpractice, Fiduciary Breach, or Disciplinable Offense?” 29 W. St. U. L. Rev. 235 (2002);
  • “Update on Conflicts of Interest,” Vol. 23, No. 4 p. 33, Los Angles Lawyer (2000);
  • “Ruling on the Rules,” Vol. 21 No. 4 p. 37 Los Angeles Lawyer (1998).