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Unauthorized Practice of Law

If you suspect that you or someone you know has been the victim of an individual practicing law without a license, you are strongly urged to file a written complaint with the State Bar of Nevada, Office of Bar Counsel.

You can download an Unauthorized Practice of Law Complaint Form.

The unauthorized practice of law in this state is a crime.  However, charges of criminal misconduct are the sole purview of the District Attorney.  As such, the State Bar can only make a referral to the District Attorney for potential criminal prosecution.

The State Bar can and will issue Cease and Desist Notices where appropriate.  The Cease and Desist Notice is designed to put the offender on notice of the violative activity and give them a chance to discontinue the prohibited activity.

The State Bar does have standing to bring a civil suit which seeks to prohibit an individual from engaging in the actions which constitute the unauthorized practice of law.  The injunction is viewed by the Court as a remedy of last resort.  You should note that the State Bar’s decision in this matter does not affect any private civil remedy available to you under the law.

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