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Researching Attorney Discipline

An important step in evaluating whether an attorney is right for you is investigating whether he or she has ever been disciplined.

All states have a disciplinary organization that closely monitors attorneys. If a complaint is made against an attorney, the state's organization will investigate the claim and determine whether or not the attorney has violated any ethical rules. If so, the organization will discipline the attorney as appropriate.

Attorneys can be disciplined for various reasons - from failing to pay their bar dues to misappropriating client funds to gross ethical violations. Some attorneys who have been disciplined are no longer eligible to practice law. You should never hire an attorney who is not currently eligible to practice law in your state.

It is to your benefit to thoroughly research an attorney's disciplinary history. You should take into account any previous discipline taken and the circumstances surrounding the discipline.

The following state links will help you learn whether an attorney is currently eligible to practice law or has been disciplined in the past. If you need additional information regarding an attorney, follow up with the appropriate disciplinary committee.

Alabama Center for Professional Responsibility, Alabama State Bar
Alaska Attorney Grievances, Alaska Bar Association
Arizona Lawyer Discipline Process, State Bar of Arizona
Arkansas Office of the Committee on Professional Conduct, Arkansas Judiciary
California Attorney Discipline System, State Bar of California
Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee
Colorado Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation
Delaware Delaware Office of Disciplinary Counsel
DC District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel
Florida Dept. of Lawyer Regulation, The Florida Bar
Georgia Georgia's Attorney Discipline
Hawaii Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Hawaii
Idaho Idaho's Attorney Discipline
Illinois Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
Indiana Disciplinary Commission, Indiana Supreme Court
Iowa Attorney Disciplinary Board, Iowa Supreme Court
Kansas Office of the Disciplinary Administrator, Supreme Court of Kansas
Kentucky Office of Bar Counsel, Kentucky Bar Association
Louisiana Louisiana Office of the Disciplinary Counsel
Maine Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar
Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland
Massachusetts Massachusetts Office of the Bar Counsel
Michigan Michigan Attorney Discipline Board
Minnesota Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
Mississippi The Disciplinary Process, Mississippi State Bar
Missouri Missouri Attorney Discipline System
Montana Montana Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Nebraska Nebraska Counsel for Discipline
Nevada Nevada Office of Bar Counsel
New Hampshire Attorney Discipline System, New Hampshire Supreme Court
New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics, Supreme Court of New Jersey
New Mexico The Disciplinary Board of the New Mexico Supreme Court
New York New York Attorney Grievance Committees
North Carolina North Carolina Lawyer Discipline
North Dakota Disciplinary Board, Supreme Court of North Dakota
Oklahoma Oklahoma Bar Association Attorney Complaints
Ohio Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Ohio Supreme Court
Oregon Disciplinary Counsel's Office, Oregon State Bar
Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Rhode Island Disciplinary Board, Supreme Court of Rhode Island
South Carolina South Carolina Office of Disciplinary Counsel
South Dakota South Dakota State Bar Disciplinary Board
Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, Supreme Court of Tennessee
Texas Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, State Bar of Texas
Utah Consumer Assistance Program, Utah State Bar
Vermont Professional Responsibility Board, Supreme Court of Vermont
Virginia Virginia State Bar Professional Regulation System
Washington Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Washington State Bar
West Virginia West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board
Wisconsin Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation
Wyoming Ethical Violations Complaints, Wyoming State Bar
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