In the practice of law, you understand that not everyone is going to be happy. A disgruntled client may file a grievance with your local disciplinary board which requires your response or you may receive this notice directly as an action of the disciplinary board. Knowing what to do next is critical.
These notices do not mean that you are not a talented lawyer or that you should stop practicing law. An attorney disciplinary letter also does not mean you have committed any professional misconduct. It is simply a complaint against you.
Just as you would recommend to your own clients, seek out representation to assist navigating this process. Each disciplinary board has its own method of addressing issues that may differ from the legal process you are accustomed to operating within.
Pursuing the matter independently and providing details as to why you are innocent of any wrongdoing may unintentionally admit to the violation or highlight a different violation that was not included in the original complaint!
The possible sanctions that can be imposed as a result of a disciplinary proceedings if you lose range from a private reprimand to being disbarred depending on severity of the action.
An experienced disciplinary proceedings attorney is adept at addressing these issues unique to disciplinary board actions and proceedings and protect the license to practice you’ve worked so hard to maintain.
If you have any questions regarding how the process works once you’ve received a notice, please feel free to contact us for a consultation.