How to File a Complaint Against an Attorney
The State Bar of Nevada's Office of Bar Counsel investigates allegations of professional misconduct, pursuant to the Rules of Professional Conduct. If you wish to file a complaint, it must be in writing, either by U.S. Mail or via the online complaint form.
- Submit your complaint via U.S. Mail or fax it to the closest State Bar of Nevada Office of Bar Counsel address listed at the bottom of this section. You may also file your complaint online.
- No special form is necessary to file a complaint. However, a guide for what information to submit is below. Please be as complete as possible when submitting your complaint.
- Attach pertinent documents, such as court documents, fee agreements, etc., which will assist us in evaluating your claim. You may attach documents to the online complaint form; however, it is recommended that large documents be sent via U.S. Mail.
- The Office of Bar Counsel usually completes the initial review of all complaints within ten business days of receipt.
Your correspondence should contain at least the following information:
- Name of the attorney.
- A brief description of the nature of the case the attorney was engaged to handle.
- A chronological review of events, actions, or conversations between you and the named attorney which led you to conclude that the attorney's actions are improper.
- Copies of letters or documents which serve as material evidence of the allegations you have raised against the attorney.
- The names, addresses and phone numbers of those persons who have direct knowledge of the allegations you have raised.
- An acknowledgment of whether you have attempted to first resolve this matter by contacting the attorney directly.
- Your contact information: name, address, and telephone number.
Once we have received your complaint we will review it to determine if there is an issue under the Rules of Professional Conduct. If more information is needed you will be notified. If you have raised an issue under the Rules of Professional Conduct, we will forward a letter to the attorney and direct him or her to respond to our office in writing within ten (10) business days with an explanation. Based on the attorney's response, we will then determine what further investigation might be necessary.
If it is determined that your complaint is basically a fee dispute, we will forward the forms which are utilized for the filing of a complaint with the Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee.
The investigation and review process can take as little as one month or as long as six months or more. You will be kept informed of the status of the matter as it progresses. You should recognize, however, that the Disciplinary Board cannot and does not give legal advice, does not have jurisdiction over damage or malpractice claims against attorneys and cannot alter or affect in any way the outcome of private legal matters in court. If you need additional advice on your case, you must obtain the assistance of your own attorney.In Southern Nevada please contact: State Bar of Nevada Office of Bar Counsel 600 E Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104 TEL (702) 382-2200 or (800) 254-2797 FAX (702) 382-8747 In Northern Nevada please contact: State Bar of Nevada Office of Bar Counsel 9456 Double R Blvd. Suite B, Reno, NV 89521 TEL (775) 329-4100 FAX (775) 329-0522 firstname.lastname@example.org