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Attorney Discipline

Ethical Conduct

The American legal system and the attorney-client relationship are founded on trust.  Although few attorneys ever betray that trust, when a breach does occur, damage to individuals and the entire system may result.  The lawyers of Kentucky and the Kentucky Supreme Court recognize actions should be taken to prevent unethical conduct and restore confidence and trust should misconduct occur.  To that end, the Kentucky Supreme court has created The Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct for all lawyers who practice law in the state.


Ethics Violations

If you think your lawyer or another lawyer has committed an act you believe is in violation of the ethics rules, you are encouraged  to report it to the Kentucky Bar Association for an investigation.  Even if your complaint does not result in a charge of misconduct it is still important the matter is reported.  The KBA depends on the public to report possible ethics rule violations to prevent attorneys from continuing to violate ethics rules and possibly harm future clients.


Filing a Complaint

A complaint must be a sworn written statement, and 

  • Cannot be submitted by telephone, email, or fax
  • Can be hand written or typed
  • Must include the name of the attorney you are filing against
  • Must contain your name, address, and contact information
  • Must include a notarized signature (copies of your signature will not be accepted)

Click here for the Office of Bar Counsel's form and instructions for filing a complaint. You may also call our office at 502.564.3795 ext. 723 to request the form be mailed to you.


Tips for filing a complaint

Complaint Review

The Office of Bar Counsel (OBC), acting as an agency of the Supreme Court, is responsible for investigating complaints against lawyers practicing in Kentucky.  The OBC also prosecutes charges of ethical misconduct issued by the Inquiry Commission.  


Your complaint will go through an initial review to determine whether it alleges an ethical rule violation we can investigate.  In some cases, the complaint is dismissed without investigation because it does not allege an ethical rule violation that can be investigated.  You will be notified if your complaint is processed in this manner.


Ethics Opinions

The Kentucky Bar Association Office of Bar Counsel has worked to make sure this set of ethics opinions is the most complete, accurate and reliable set available to the members of the bar or general public. As new opinions are issued they will be added to this online listing.


Ethics and Professionalism Enhancement Program

For KBA Members who are required to attend the Annual Ethics and Professionalism Enhancement Program (EPEP), the next program will occur on the date, time, and at the location indicated below:



April 24, 2020


Administrative Office of the Courts
  1001 Vandalay Drive
  Frankfort, KY 40601 
  (Get Directions)

EPEP Contact:

Office of Bar Counsel           

502.564.3795 ext. 256


Required at check-in:

1. A picture ID, and
2. $200 in full at check-in, unless advance payment has been received.
Notice will be sent in late February 2020 to individuals who are required to attend EPEP. The notice will contain information on how to register, including on-line registration.

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