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Lawyer Disputes

The Findlay/Hancock County Certified Grievance Committee investigates allegations of ethical misconduct made against judges and attorneys.  This committee is authorized by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

The Supreme Court of Ohio regulates the conduct of judges and attorneys through the Code of Professional Responsibility and a Code of Judicial Conduct. These codes include ethical standards that each judge and attorney must follow.  If you have an ethics complaint against an Ohio judge or attorney for an alleged violation of a professional code of conduct you may report it for investigation. 

Certified grievance committees do not have authority to resolve attorney-client fee disputes, give legal advice or become involved in the merits of any case.  An ethics complaint against a judge or attorney must be in writing and filed with only one of the following organizations:


Office of Disciplinary Counsel
250 Civic Center Drive, Suite 325
Columbus, Ohio 43215-7411
Telephone Number:  614.461.0256 or 800.589.5256 or online at the Ohio Supreme Court website:  www.supremecourt.ohio.gov  

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel accepts grievances from any geographical location in Ohio.

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Findlay/Hancock County Certified Grievance Committee
300 S. Main Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Telephone Number:  419.424.9500
 
The Findlay/Hancock County Certified Grievance Committee accepts grievances against judges and attorneys with offices in Hancock County.
 
LEGAL NOTICE FOR FINDLAY/HANCOCK COUNTY
CERTIFIED GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE

 
The Findlay/Hancock County Certified Grievance Committee (“Grievance Committee”) is established under Rule V of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio. Its function is to investigate allegations of attorney and judicial misconduct or mental illness affecting judges or attorneys. ALL INVESTIGATIONS UNDERTAKEN BY THE GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE ARE PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL. If the Grievance Committee finds probable cause to believe that a violation of the governing Rules of Professional Conduct has occurred, then the Grievance Committee initiates a disciplinary action against the attorney or judge that could result in a sanction against the attorney or judge.

The Grievance Committee and its members CANNOT give legal advice or provide legal representation for a complainant. The functions of the Grievance Committee are to conduct disciplinary investigations and, where appropriate, prosecute disciplinary actions or refer them to Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

The office of the Grievance Committee is located on the fourth floor of the Hancock County Courthouse, 300 South Main St., Findlay, Ohio 45840. The telephone number of the Grievance Committee is 419.424.9500. The internet address is: fhcba.org (Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association/Public Resources/Lawyer Disputes).
    Contact us
    The Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association
    Kathleen Cindric - Secretary
    419-420-6040
    info@fhcba.com

     

    The Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association, Bret A. Spaeth, President.