o If your complaint is about the attorney you hired, tell us: When did you hire the
attorney? What agreement did you make with the attorney? Was the agreement
verbal or in writing?
o If the complaint is about an attorney who has not represented you, please tell
us: What is the connection you have with this attorney? If the attorney is
representing a person or entity in a dispute with you, please identify that person
or entity and explain the nature of the dispute.
• If your complaint involves a court case, please provide information (if known) in this
• Provide any helpful documents. Send only copies and keep the originals. All documents you
send, originals or copies, become the property of the State Bar and are subject to future
o If you are complaining about an attorney who represented you, provide copies of
written fee agreements, payments or other communications (written or electronic)
to the attorney. It may be helpful to provide copies of the front and back sides of all
canceled checks and/or copies of receipts showing your payments to the attorney.
o If you are complaining about some other attorney, provide any court documents or
communications with the attorney which will help to explain your complaint.
o If you are represented by counsel in the matter involving the attorney, please
provide your attorney’s name, address and telephone number.
The State Bar accepts complaints in over 200 languages. If you need translation services to
communicate with the State Bar, please let us know by completing the Translation Information
section. We will communicate with you through a translation service in the language of your
choice. If you have a trusted friend or family member whom you would prefer to provide
translation assistance and that person will accept communications from the State Bar in English,
please provide their contact information in the Translation Information section.
After You Submit
The State Bar will review and evaluate your complaint to determine whether investigation and
prosecution is appropriate. You will be notified of our decision in writing. This chart explains what
happens after you file a complaint. Thank you for your cooperation.
Important Information You Should Know
The State Bar’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel (OCTC) reviews complaints of unethical conduct by
attorneys licensed to practice in California. Should OCTC prosecute allegations contained in
your complaint, you may be required to testify before the State Bar Court in order to prove