Complaints Against Attorneys
(toll free in California)
(from outside California)
Filing a Complaint
What if I believe the attorney's conduct should be reported?
The Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program does not have authority to discipline attorneys for professional misconduct.
If you wish to file a disciplinary complaint with the State Bar of California about your attorney's conduct, you may call the State Bar's toll-free number: (800) 843-9053. The State Bar's pamphlet, "What Can I Do If I Have A Problem With My Lawyer," is available online.
Keep in mind that a discipline complaint and a request to arbitrate a fee dispute are separate matters. Filing a complaint may result in disciplinary action against the attorney; however, the result may or may not require the attorney to make a refund.