Grievances

Grievances

The certified grievance committee is an organized committee of the Ohio State Bar Association or of one or more local bar associations in Ohio that permits the membership of any attorney practicing within the geographic area served by that association without reference to the attorney’s area of practice, special interest, or other criteria. There shall be only one certified grievance committee in each county including Greene County.

The role of the Greene County Bar Association Grievance Committee is to investigate allegations of misconduct or complaints regarding any attorney practicing in Greene County as well as any attorney under suspension, probation, or disbarred from the practice of law by the Supreme Court of Ohio. The authority of the Committee is limited to the investigation of attorney misconduct (not judges), in violation of disciplinary rules. Once a complaint or grievance is filed and an investigation is completed the investigator (who is a Committee member) shall present his or her report to the entire Committee. After hearing the report, the Committee shall vote on the recommendation of the investigator (who is a Committee member). The Committee may cause a formal Complaint to be filed with the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline of the Supreme Court of Ohio in cases where a majority of a quorum finds probable cause to believe that misconduct has occurred.

How to Submit A Complaint

In order to submit a complaint you must include your name, address and daytime phone number along with the name, address and phone number of the attorney the complaint is about. You shall also include information regarding the nature of your complaint and any and all paperwork that supports your claim. You shall only send copies of any paperwork that supports your complaint as no original documents should be sent as we cannot guarantee that said paperwork will be returned to you.. Complaints shall be mailed to:

Greene County Bar Association
Attn: Grievance Committee
3rd Floor Courthouse
45 N. Detroit Street
Xenia, Ohio 45385

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel has jurisdiction to investigate complaints against attorneys in the State of Ohio. You may contact the office at 1 (800) 589-5256. The mailing address for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel is:

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Supreme Court of Ohio
Bicentennial Plaza One
250 Civic Center Drive, Suite 325
Columbus, Ohio 43215-7411

You may file a complaint with either the Greene County Bar Association or the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

For claims against Judges in any county in Ohio, please contact the Supreme Court of Ohio at (614) 387-9370.