Legal Ethics Counsel
Melinda J. Bentley serves as Legal Ethics Counsel, and provides oral and written informal advisory opinions to attorneys on issues related to the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct. In that position, she also serves as administrator and counsel to the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She began serving in that position in 2012. Prior to that she worked for the Illinois State Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and author on professional responsibility matters. Ms. Bentley is currently President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel, and formerly served as Chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct. She also currently serves on the Planning Committee for The Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference. Ms. Bentley is a member of The Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Organization of Bar Counsel, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Cole County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers’ Association of Mid-Missouri.