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Frivolous bar complaint filed against me

I’ve never had to deal with one of these before. What do I texfed05/14/19
Hey man... sorry to hear. This is my advice. If frivolou superttthero05/14/19
Contact your malpractice insurance a) you're probably obl dingbat05/14/19
Hey man, it happens to everybody. In law, medicine and prett physicssezno05/16/19
I would get an opinion from counsel in your state that does trijocker05/16/19
texfed (May 14, 2019 - 10:22 pm)

I’ve never had to deal with one of these before. What do I do?

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superttthero (May 14, 2019 - 10:45 pm)

Hey man... sorry to hear. This is my advice.

If frivolous you should have it dismissed without investigation. If its not and you are asked to respond, keep your wits about you and DO NOT LIE to the bar and DO NOT STONEWALL the bar.

Source: I get 1-2 a year from Opposing Parties.

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dingbat (May 14, 2019 - 11:31 pm)

Contact your malpractice insurance

a) you're probably obligated to report under the terms of the insurance contract
b) they have a duty to defend
c) they have a lot more experience with this than you do, and can guide you through the process

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physicssezno (May 16, 2019 - 8:51 am)

Hey man, it happens to everybody. In law, medicine and pretty much everywhere where you’re dealing w the public. They complain. Even librarians prob get it. So take a breath and treat it as you would any other important client matter.

How to respond Depends on the issue, your liability (is it really frivolous or is there potential merit, no judgment here just make an honest assessment), the state and the stage (ie is it just a complaint or is there a formal charge etc). Also depends whether you’re employed by someone since the employee has a right to rely on employer guidance so is covered.

While I’d like to help i don’t have enough info. I’d say that you should review the rules in your state to see if the complaint even makes out a violation. Some clients file a pile of junk cuz they’re unhappy and it’s not a violation.

Discuss w your boss if you have one you can talk to.

If you need counsel, set up a consult with an attorney who’s practice is devoted to bar and ethics complaint and attorney discipline issues. They’re different though connected to malpractice issues. Ethics violation isn’t always mal pro.

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trijocker (May 16, 2019 - 9:28 am)

I would get an opinion from counsel in your state that does attorney malpractice.
Don't just let the issue drift without trying to get ahead of the situation.

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