Lawyer Regulation


All Arizona attorneys must follow the Rules of Professional Conduct, the ethical code established by the Arizona Supreme Court, and the State Bar Trust Account Guidelines, which define a lawyer's duty to safeguard client funds and appropriately manage a trust account. The rules and guidelines are contained in Rules 41, 42 and 43 of the Arizona Rules of the Supreme Court and can be found in Volume 17A of the Arizona Revised Statutes and the Supreme Court website.

The Office of Lawyer Regulation is responsible for investigating and prosecuting charges  of unethical  conduct on the part of Arizona attorneys.  Anyone may file a complaint with the State Bar. Staff Bar counsel reviews all charges to determine whether an investigation should be conducted. In some cases, staff Bar counsel refers the matter to another State Bar program, such as Fee Arbitration.  The State Bar uses mediation for resolving some disputes between lawyers and clients.

More information on the Lawyer Discipline Process.


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