File an Attorney Complaint

Filing a complaint against an attorney is a serious matter. Do so only as a last resort when all efforts to work out the problem with your attorney have failed.

To File a Complaint
  1. Click to download Acrobat Reader Download a version of the complaint form from the list below.

    English (two pages, 26.85 KB pdf)
    Spanish (two pages, 42.21 KB pdf)
    Chinese (two pages, 141.61 KB pdf)
    Italian (two pages, 41.66 KB pdf)
    Korean (two pages, 123.35 KB pdf)
    Vietnamese (two pages, 41.05 KB pdf)
    Farsi (three pages, 64.19 KB pdf)

  2. Complete and/or print the form.
  3. Mail to:

    Office of Bar Counsel
    Board on Professional Responsibility
    District of Columbia Court of Appeals
    515 5th Street NW
    Building A, Suite 117
    Washington, DC 20001


or, for incarcerated complainants:

  1. Click to download Acrobat Reader Download the complaint form below.

    English (two pages, 27.63 KB pdf) 
    Spanish (two pages, 43.05 KB pdf)
    Chinese (two pages, 142.38 KB pdf)
    Italian (two pages, 43.06 KB pdf)
    Korean (two pages, 121.84 KB pdf)
    Vietnamese (two pages, 41.47 KB pdf)

  2. Complete and/or print the form.
    Mail to:

    Office of Bar Counsel
    Board on Professional Responsibility
    District of Columbia Court of Appeals
    515 5th Street NW
    Building A, Suite 117
    Washington, DC 20001


Alternatively, you may write your own statement in lieu of filling out a complaint form. To do so:

  1. Write your own statement
  2. Your statement should include your name and address, your attorney's name and address, and an explanation of the circumstances and details of your complaint
  3. Mail completed written statement to:

    Office of Bar Counsel
    Board on Professional Responsibility
    District of Columbia Court of Appeals
    515 5th Street NW
    Building A, Suite 117
    Washington, DC 20001

Supporting documents, such as copies of a retainer agreement, proof of payment, correspondence between you and your attorney, the case name and number if a specific case is involved, and copies of papers filed in connection with the case, may be useful to our investigation.