The discipline search function may or may not reveal all disciplinary action
relating to a lawyer. The discipline information accessed is a summary and not
the official decision in the case. Click the "Important Information" button
below for further details.
This discipline search accesses notices (summaries) of disciplinary action
against lawyers. The search currently indexes discipline from 1984 to the
present. For discipline imposed from 1997 to the present, the search results
will include the actual notice published in the Bar Association's monthly
News. The text of Bar News notices is not included for
discipline imposed prior to 1997 or for discipline for which the Bar News
notice is currently pending. The search does not access the official decisions
in discipline cases.
The notices are published in the Bar News pursuant to Rule 3.5 of the
Washington State Supreme Court Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, and
pursuant to the February 18, 1995, policy statement of the WSBA Board of
Governors. For the official and complete copy of any disciplinary decision,
call the Washington State Disciplinary Board at 206-733-5926, leaving the case
name and your name and address. You may also view the official files, to the
extent they are public, by making an appointment during normal business hours
with the Disciplinary Board staff at the number above.
As indicated, this discipline notice search site does not contain the notice for
each and every disciplinary sanction or action imposed to date. To obtain
complete information (including pre-1984 discipline), or if you have other
questions about discipline search results, please contact the WSBA Office of
Disciplinary Counsel's Consumer Affairs Unit at 206-727-8207. If five or more
years have passed since an admonition was issued, the file materials may have
been destroyed pursuant to Rule for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct 3.6(b), and
information pertaining to such an admonition will be unavailable. In admonition
matters, it is the WSBA's policy to remove the disciplinary notice from the
website archive five years after the admonition was issued, regardless of
whether the WSBA's file materials are destroyed.
The action listed on the discipline notice does not necessarily reflect the
current status of the lawyer's license. Check the
Lawyer Directory for the current status.