Ethics Help & Lawyer Disputes
Lawyers with questions concerning their own prospective conduct as it relates to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, may contact the Ethics Hotline by calling or emailing Bar Counsel. Resources are limited to Advisory Opinions of the Board of Professional Conduct, CMBA Ethics Advisory Opinions, and other ethics materials and are not intended to be the CMBA’s legal advice, opinion, or conclusions of law. Additional resources on Ohio Legal Ethics are available on the Ohio State University Knowledge Bank.
Fee Disputes Between Lawyers
If you have a dispute with a lawyer over a shared fee, please submit a letter to Bar Counsel detailing the nature of the dispute. Be sure to attach a copy
of any written agreement that is pertinent to the dispute. The information will be reviewed by the Division of Fees Mediation and Arbitration Committee.
If you have a problem with a lawyer that may not rise to the level of ethical misconduct, you may contact Bar Counsel to discuss the issue. The situation may
be appropriate for an informal mediation by the Professionalism Conciliation Panel.
If you have a professional obligation to report the misconduct of another lawyer, please submit a letter with the information to Bar Counsel. You can also fill out this form. The information will be reviewed by the Certified Grievance Committee. Information regarding the grievance process can be found here.
Transition & Emergency Planning
Solo practitioners can prepare for the “What Ifs” of business life with the help of the WIP Program. Click here for more information.