Just Suppose Someone Files a Grievance Against You…
By George D. Jonson
Filing a grievance against a lawyer is easy. A grievance can be filed by anyone –
- a client,
- another lawyer,
- a judge, or
- a neighbor who is mad about the way you cut your grass.
Instructions on how to file a grievance can be found on the Ohio Supreme Court’s website, along with a complaint form. The form prompts
- a description of the situation,
- identity of witnesses,
- the relief sought, and
- supporting documents.
A grievance against a lawyer can be submitted to and investigated by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC), the certified grievance committee of a local bar association or the OSBA (collectively referred to here as a Disciplinary Authority). No matter which Disciplinary Authority receives the grievance, it is handled in the same way.