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Attorney Grievance Defense

When we are asked to defend a lawyer who is under scrutiny and subject to State Bar of Texas disciplinary procedures, we are fully aware of the threat to our client’s livelihood, not to mention the reputational risk. In any attorney disciplinary engagement, preserving our client's ability to practice law is our utmost priority when we respond to any accusations that have been filed. We know the possible repercussions that lawyers may face following a grievance complaint, and how to mitigate against the possible imposition of sanctions that can result from a disciplinary proceeding. CMW’s lawyers are able to help you with:
  • Responding to grievance complaints
  • Navigating a disciplinary matter after a Just Cause determination
  • Representation in attorney disciplinary actions before an Evidentiary Panel or in District Court
  • Resolution of grievance and disciplinary matters, limiting the imposition of sanctions against the attorney

Our experience tells us that many ethics-related complaints arise from a relationship between a lawyer and a client that has irrevocably deteriorated, especially when a client is unwilling to accept unproductive litigation or might be frustrated by adverse outcomes. In all cases, our defense team approaches the situation with discretion, sensitivity and commitment to protecting the attorney from the possible consequences of a grievance complaint. We have also found that if we are retained at the outset of a grievance proceeding, before a Just Cause determination by the Bar investigator, our ability to resolve the matter favorably for our attorney client greatly improves.

Our representation has included large and mid-size firms as well as solo practitioners. We counsel firms navigating ethics or practice-related questions that arise when representing clients, and have provided front-end risk management consultation and compliance advice which helps reduce ethics and disciplinary risks. Of course, our lawyers are active members of various bar association committees that address the ever-increasing exposure faced by the legal profession.