Complaints of Unethical Conduct by an
As part of its
responsibility to supervise lawyers and its interest in promoting public
confidence in the legal system, the Supreme Court has established procedures
for addressing allegations of unethical conduct by attorneys.
Two committees assist the
court with this important duty—the Attorney Disciplinary Board and the
The Attorney Disciplinary
Board, with the help of a full-time staff, investigates complaints about lawyer
misconduct. Please see the address below to contact the committee. If,
after investigation, there is probable cause to believe the lawyer violated the
Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct and public discipline is warranted, the
board will refer the matter to the Grievance Commission.
The Grievance Commission,
which is composed of lawyers and non-lawyers appointed by the Supreme Court,
may review the complaint further. The Grievance Commission may recommend to the
Supreme Court that a lawyer be reprimanded or that a lawyer's law license be
suspended indefinitely or revoked.
The ultimate decision rests
with the Supreme Court. The Court may accept, but is not bound by the
To make a complaint about
an attorney, please use the form below and send it to:
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
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