Staff Level / Grievance Committee Investigations
A Florida Bar complaint can come from clients, lawyers, judges, or others. The Florida Bar may open a file itself based on a news article, police report, or letter from a bank. Certain situations require the lawyer to self-report; in other scenarios a lawyer may choose to self-report. After hearing from both sides, Florida Bar counsel can close the file, or forward it to a grievance committee.
Never discount the seriousness of a Florida Bar complaint, nor assume that a grievance will be dismissed merely because you are convinced it lacks substantial merit.
The best time to hire a Florida Bar defense attorney to defend against a Florida Bar grievance complaint is at the start. An experienced Florida Bar defense attorney can see the traps to avoid when responding. What is said or not said in the initial written exchanges can ultimately affect the outcome.