The Supreme Court of Ohio regulates the conduct of lawyers and judges through the Rules of Professional Conduct and a Code of Judicial Conduct. Ohio lawyers and judges must obey their oaths of office and the rules outlined in the Codes. These Codes include ethical standards that each lawyer must follow. If a person believes a lawyer or judge has violated their respective codes, they have the right to file a grievance against that lawyer or judge.
The Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association is authorized by the Supreme Court of Ohio to investigate such grievances; it generally limits itself to investigation of grievances against judges and magistrates, but it also has authority to investigate alleged misconduct by lawyers, as appropriate.
If you wish to file a grievance against a judge or magistrate with the Ohio State Bar Association, you may
download a form. If you would prefer to have a form mailed to you, please call (800) 282-6556, ask for the Ethics Line voicemail, and leave your name and address. You can also e-mail your request for a grievance form to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Grievances must, however, be signed and submitted in writing. Electronic or facsimile submissions will not be accepted.
To file a grievance against an attorney, please contact your local bar association (for the address and telephone number of a local bar association authorized to consider grievances, please telephone the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline: ((614) 387-9370) or the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
The disciplinary process, i.e., a grievance, will not affect or change court or other decisions made in a case. In addition, the Ohio State Bar Association is not permitted to provide advice, counsel, or representation to members of the public concerning specific legal matters.
Links to more information on the grievance process
Frequently Asked Questions on the Grievance Process in Ohio
Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Lawyer Ethics and Discipline
Ohio State Bar Association
Office of General Counsel
1700 Lake Shore Dr.
Columbus, Ohio 43204
Post Office Box:
PO Box 16562
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6562
Toll free number: (800) 282-6556
Direct line: (614) 487-2050
Eugene P. Whetzel, general counsel
Paula Hickey, administrative assistant