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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.  You should consult with an attorney to protect your legal rights and determine the nature of your legal responsibilities.


Follow this link for information about lawyers who have been the subject of prior discipline.


Overview

The Attorney Disciplinary Board is the agency of the Supreme Court of Iowa that receives, initiates, and investigates complaints of ethical misconduct filed against attorneys who are authorized to practice in Iowa.

The Board’s primary objective is to ensure that attorneys within its jurisdiction are compliant with the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct. The Rules of Professional Conduct set forth numerous ethics requirements that apply to all aspects of attorneys’ practice, from client confidentiality to trial conduct.

The Board cannot impose fines, imprison an attorney, obtain a financial settlement or reduction of fees, or change the outcome of a civil or criminal case. The Board’s jurisdiction extends to the attorney’s license alone.

The Board is not funded by the taxpayers of Iowa. The Board is funded entirely by annual registration fees paid by attorneys who are authorized to practice in our state.

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