January 01, 2016 Feature

What to Do When Your Client Files an Ethics Complaint

Dianna M. Anelli, Mary Andreoni

Parts of this article are based on former ARDC Administrator Mary Robinson’s “Avoiding ARDC Anxiety: A Disciplinary Primer,” 84 ISBA Journal 452 (September 1996).

As lawyers, we all know that the day may come when a client decides to file an ethics complaint against us. This knowledge hardly lessens the shock when that day arrives, however. What should we do next? To help answer this question, we have enlisted the help of two qualified practitioners—one an attorney focusing her practice on disciplinary defense, the other an ethics education counsel for a state disciplinary commission—to walk you through the process of responding to an ethics complaint.

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