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Attorney Discipline 


As part of its responsibility to supervise lawyers and in the interest of promoting public confidence in the legal system, the Iowa Supreme Court has procedures for addressing complaints concerning alleged violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct.    


Please note:  The procedures for investigating and evaluating ethical complaints and disciplining attorneys are not a substitute for appeal. 


On this page you can find links to the following information: 

  • A summary of Iowa's attorney disciplinary procedures.
  • A complaint form (available below). In filing a complaint, please identify the nature of the legal matter the lawyer was handling (dissolution of marriage, criminal, personal injury, etc.).  If the matter involved a court case, please mention the case name and number.  You may attach copies of pleadings, correspondence, or other documents that help to explain the complaint.


In addition, this page connects you to information about lawyers who have been the subject of discipline. 


The form to be used to file a ethics complaint regarding an Iowa lawyer is available for download below.  Also, the most current annual report of the Grievance Commission regarding its operations is available for download below. 




2015 Report of Attorney Disciplinary Board and Grievance Commission
            2015 ADB GC Report  (2351 kb)
2014 Report of Attorney Disciplinary Board and Grievance Commission
      This periodic report of the Attorney Disciplinary Board and the Grievance Commission covers activities during 2014.
            2014 ADB GC Report  (987 kb)
Attorney Complaint Form
      This form is used to submit a complaint to the Attorney Disciplinary Board regarding an alleged ethics violation by an attorney.
            Attorney complaint form (pdf)  (289 kb)
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