California Attorney Complaints

In order to evaluate and process your complaint, please complete the California Attorney Complaint Form and provide as many of the following items as possible:

  • A copy of any written fee agreement with the attorney. If there was no written agreement, please explain your understanding regarding payment to your attorney (for fees, costs, etc.)
  • Copies of the front and back sides of all cancelled checks and/or copies of receipts showing payments made by you to the attorney.
  • Copies of all correspondence between you and the attorney.
  • A written explanation of the exact nature of your complaint. Explain what the attorney did or did not do that forms the basis of your complaint.
  • The last date you were in contact with the attorney and what occurred at that time.
  • The title of the case, the case number and the name of the court. (For example: Smith v. Jones, Case No. 1234, Los Angeles County Superior Court.)
  • Copies of any pertinent court documents in your possession.
  • If you have hired a new attorney, please provide his or her name, address and telephone number.
  • Your daytime telephone number.
  • The number of attorneys in the law firm involved in your complaint. 1 for Solo Practitioner, 2-10 for a Small Law Firm and 11+ for a Large Law Firm. If you don't know, state "Unknown."

When providing documents to the State Bar, please send copies only. All documents received, whether originals or copies, become the property of the State Bar and are subject to future destruction.

The State Bar will review and evaluate your complaint to determine whether investigation and prosecution is appropriate. You will be notified of our decision in writing. Thank you for your cooperation.

The State Bar of California
Office of the Chief Trial Counsel

Download complaint forms in English or Spanish.

Fill out all spaces on the California Attorney Complaint Form completely. Provide your name, address, zip code and telephone numbers (work and home).

Please mail, do not fax, your complaint form to:

Office of the Chief Trial Counsel/Intake
The State Bar of California
845 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017-2515