The Maryland State Bar Association, or MSBA, can help you find a lawyer to represent you in the state. But when you already have a lawyer, and you feel that attorney hasn't represented you well or is unethical, you have to go to another organization to file a complaint. The MSBA doesn’t accept or handle complaints against lawyers. To file a complaint, you must contact the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission. The commission investigates all complaints against licensed practicing lawyers in Maryland. When filing a complaint against your lawyer, you have two options: Complete a form or write a letter.
File a Form to Complain about the Lawyer
Obtain the complaint form. You can contact the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission to request a copy of the form. You can also download and print a copy from its website.
Complete the complaint form. On the form, provide information about yourself, the attorney and your dispute.
Sign the complaint form. The commission requires you to sign the form before it begins an investigation.
Write a Letter to Complain about the Lawyer
Draft a letter. You want to compose a first draft to provide information you want the commission to know.
Compose the letter. You can type it using computer software or typewriter. Include your personal information such as name, address and telephone number on the left-hand side of the page. You also want to include, within the body of the letter, the attorney’s information.
Provide detailed information about your dispute with the lawyer.
Sign the letter.
Send the letter to the commission via ordinary mail.