Before You File a Complaint:
Consumer Affairs Information

For communication problems with your lawyer, or for disputes about the return of a file, please carefully review Communicating with Your Lawyer and/or client files. Before you consider filing a grievance, and for a discussion of what the Bar Association can and cannot do, please carefully review Lawyer Discipline in Washington. Grievances can be mailed or filed electronically.

For disputes about a lawyer's fee, please consider resolving the matter directly with the lawyer and review Alternative Dispute Resolution. For a complete listing and detailed information about dispute resolution centers, please go to Resolution Washington. The WSBA's Alternative Resolution Section offers a directory of private professional individuals and organizations that provide alternative dispute resolution.

For information on other legal topics, please see our Consumer Information pamphlets. Por favor consulte información en Español.

File a Complaint Against a Lawyer

If you are filling a complaint about a Washington lawyer, please follow the steps below to complete a grievance form. Please see the Lawyer Directory for a listing of licensed lawyers in Washington.

Step One: Read the answers to our frequently asked questions for general information about the grievance process.

Step Two: Read Lawyer Discipline in Washington, or Disciplina Para Abogados en Washington. It gives you important information and you must read this before you file your grievance.

Step Three: Prepare your grievance form and file it. You can use our electronic grievance form; or print a grievance form, complete it, and mail it to us. Read more if you have questions about filing an electronic grievance form.

Please leave a message with our Consumer Affairs staff at 206-727-8207 if you have any questions.  We generally return calls within 24 hours.

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Submit an E-Grievance Form
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Download PDF Grievance Form

Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct

Procedures for the lawyer discipline system

Rules of Professional Conduct

Standards of ethical conduct for lawyers

Presentar una queja contra un abogado

Los pasos y el formulario para presentar una queja

Office of Disciplinary Counsel

WSBA's investigation and prosecution function

Responding to a Grievance

FAQs about a lawyer's response