Attorney Grievance and Bar Complaints
Attorney Ethics Defense
For decades, Eccleston and Wolf has been a leader in defending lawyers in ethical matters in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia (the DMV). In addition to the defense of legal malpractice claims, the firm’s practice focuses on the defense of Bar Complaints submitted to the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission, the District of Columbia Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the Virginia Office of Bar Counsel.
Whether a seasoned veteran or new to the practice of law, receipt of a letter from Bar Counsel may be a daunting event. It is often difficult to remain objective. An emotional response can follow. In many instances, attorneys who respond on their own to inquiries from Bar Counsel make strategic mistakes that magnify the problem. Attacking a Complainant, addressing collateral matters beyond the scope of the Complaint and striking a flippant tone in response to a perceived unwarranted attack are but a few pitfalls. Many matters that could be resolved through a carefully crafted and focused response, can expand into much broader and troublesome issues that put a lawyer’s privilege to practice law in jeopardy.
Retaining experienced ethics counsel is vital. With your livelihood, license and integrity at stake, rely upon the knowledge, experience and expertise provided by Eccleston and Wolf. We are confident that consultation with your trusted colleagues in the profession, judges, insurance agents and insurance carriers will confirm the selection of Eccleston and Wolf as your ethics counsel.
Most attorney E&O policies provide coverage for response to, and defense of, Bar Complaints, without triggering a deductible obligation. Eccleston and Wolf enjoys strong relationships with E&O carriers in the DMV to handle the claims. When coverage is not available, Eccleston and Wolf offers reasonable terms of private retention.