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How to File a Complaint

When you hire a lawyer, you should expect professional and ethical behavior. Regardless of the efforts to maintain a high degree of competence and ethics among the members of the legal profession, some lawyers fail to meet those standards. If your lawyer violates the Rules of Professional Conduct or The Attorney-Client Relationship, you may file a complaint with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel.

The Missouri Bar's Complaints and Resolution Programs are here to help. Fee disputes can be handled at no cost to clients through The Missouri Bar’s Fee Dispute Resolution Program. In addition, The Missouri Bar created and maintains the Client Security Fund to compensate clients harmed by lawyers who violate the professional and ethical standards.

Fee Dispute Resolution Program

This program is a public service of the Missouri Bar, designed to help clients who question the amount or reasonableness of fees for legal services.

Complaints Against Lawyers

When you hire a lawyer, you should expect professional and ethical behavior. Regardless of the efforts to maintain a high degree of competence and ethics among the members of the legal profession, some lawyers fail to meet those standards. If your lawyer violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or The Attorney-Client Relationship, here’s how you can file a complaint.

Complaints Against Judges

The Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline of Judges is responsible for receiving and investigating all requests for the retirement of judges because of disability and all complaints concerning alleged misconduct of judges and judicial commission members.

This commission is composed of two citizens who are not members of The Missouri Bar, two lawyers, one judge of the court of appeals and one judge of the circuit court of Missouri.

Client Security Fund

Adherence to the standards established by the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct is expected from every lawyer. The Missouri Bar recognizes that, regardless of the efforts to maintain a high degree of competence and ethics among the members of the legal profession, some lawyers fail to meet those standards. To compensate clients harmed by this small minority of lawyers, The Missouri Bar maintains a Client Security Fund.