How to file a complaint against an unethical lawyer

Before allowing a lawyer to practice law, has to be licensed, including swearing the law and maintain an ethical practice. When you think your lawyer is acting in an unethical way, up to you to file a complaint with the appropriate authorities.

Depending on the regulations in the state where you live, you have to file ethics complaints against a lawyer with a college of lawyers local or state Supreme Court. Be honest about your complaint, be patient and be aware that your complaint may become a public record.


  1. Get a form of ethics complaint by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the State or association of lawyers. In most states, you can file a complaint with the Supreme Court. All complaints of ethics are required in writing.
  2. Include your name and contact information, the name of the lawyer whom you filed the complaint and the basis thereof.
  3. Provide as much detail as possible, including the nature of unethical behavior and any date, time and / or evidence you have to support your complaint. Describe the details of every action we think is unethical and write in chronological order. If you have witnesses, put them on a separate sheet, with their addresses and phone numbers. It includes a brief summary of what each witness can provide.
  4. Includes records, transcripts and documents that support your complaint. Do not include original documents. Do not underline or projections in the records and information that brands cannot be displayed when your documents are scanned by the agency. Some states, like Florida, do not allow the submission of records, CDs, oversized documents and photographs. Make arrangements if you feel this is critical to your case.
  5. File your complaint with the Supreme Court or the association of lawyers and awaits a response. Generally, the complaint is brought to the attorney for response and research ethics begins. Once the complaint is validated or rejected, you are contacted with the decision.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you tried to resolve the situation by writing to the lawyer in question, includes correspondence as part of your complaint. It is important to show that you make a good faith effort to resolve the conflict.
  • They may contact you to give more information regarding your complaint at any time.
  • Do not threaten to lawyer. The association of lawyers in Florida warns that the lawyer may withdraw from your case, and even take action against.
  • You because your complaint may become a public record in some states, be aware that your contact information will also become public. Florida is among the states that make public complaint.
  • Some associations of lawyers state allow you to download forms online ethics complaints.