Bar Grievance and Fee Dispute Information for Florida State Bar Complaints

The Florida Bar Association website is the best starting point if you are trying to file a grievance. But do not go it alone, remember to buy Dispute It – A Layman’s Guide on How to Get an Attorney Refund & File a Bar Grievance, to greatly increase your chances with Florida State Bar complaints.

Rules of Professional Conduct

The Florida Rules of Professional Conduct will help you to understand where possible attorney grievance violations have occurred with your lawyer. Rules Regulating the Florida Bar is another good comprehensive source of all regulations dealing with the grievance process.

Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement:

Florida’s Standard for Imposing Lawyer’s Sanctions and Florida’s Regulation of Lawyer Conduct are the guidelines governing the discipline of attorneys and provides the most comprehensive explanation around the rules, process, and sanctions.

Disciplinary Process Flowchart:

The Florida Disciplinary Process Flowchart is perhaps the most helpful document for the layman since it provides a visual representation of each step and the decision gates when filing Florida State Bar complaints against attorneys.

Local Bar Offices & Websites

I would recommend you contacting your local bar office to learn more about the fee dispute program offerings for Florida. Colorado offers a voluntary fee dispute arbitration.

Lawyer Disciplinary Agency:

After a cursory overview of the rules, contact the Lawyer Disciplinary Agency office and speak to a representative about your possible violations and the grievance process. This division handles Florida State Bar complaints against Florida attorneys.

Other Information:

The Florida Bar Attorney Grievance page of their website is perhaps one of the best I’ve seen in educating the public. The Florida Bar and its Department of Lawyer Regulation are administrators of a statewide disciplinary system to enforce Supreme Court rules of professional conduct. Together, these divisions handle all Florida State Bar complaints against attorneys. You can review Florida’s state bar grievance statistics here as well.