You have worked hard to earn your law license. It is the source of your livelihood which is why hearing the word “grievance” can strike extreme fear in your heart. Don’t risk the source of your livelihood or your reputation. You need an advocate that understands the process and what is most effective when facing a grievance. We are here to help you protect your interests and to do everything possible to dissipate the threat of losing your law license and having your reputation ruined by an attorney grievance proceeding.
Hearing the word “grievance” strikes fear in the heart of most attorneys. There is no standing requirement to file a grievance against an attorney which means anyone can do so. The first step in the grievance process is a Request for Investigation. This is sent by the Complainant to the Attorney Grievance Commission. The Commission will review the Request and determine whether the allegations have any merit. If it appears that the allegations do have merit, the Commission will require that the attorney who is the subject of the grievance to file an Answer to the Request for Investigation.
By answering the Request for Investigation in an honest and effective manner, the attorney may avoid further action in the form of a Formal Complaint being filed. This is why it is imperative to obtain legal representation as soon as possible to help the attorney in answering the Request for Investigation in a timely, effective, and competent manner. Many times, the receiving of a Request for investigation can be so stressful that an attorney becomes paralyzed with fear and this causes him or her to not act in a timely manner, which results in further consequences. The receiving of a Request for Investigation can also be a very emotional experience. The attorney needs an advocate to help him or her answer the Request for Investigation in a non-emotional, professional, detailed, and effective manner. Doing so may avoid a Formal Complaint being filed, a public hearing ensuing, and possible license suspension or revocation.
If a Formal Complaint is filed it is equally, if not more, imperative that you retain representation. We can help you by explaining the process, drafting a Formal Answer, and either dispelling the allegations or mitigating the consequences that you may be facing as the grieved attorney.
Do not hesitate to call us. The longer you wait the more difficult it can become to defend you against the allegations you are facing.