BAR (State BAR of California)

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The California State Bar (BAR) examines and licenses attorneys (lawyers) and is part of the attorney disciplinary system of the California Supreme Court which processes complaints involving attorney misconduct.

If warranted, the Bar holds hearings and may issue reprisals to attorneys or recommend suspension or disbarment of attorneys found guilty of serious misconduct. The Bar also sets standards for and conducts attorney-client fee arbitration in counties that do not have a local Bar association.


Complaints jurisdiction: License attorneys, takes complaints, and provides arbitration of fee disputes. Unlicensed attorneys are not under the Bar's jurisdiction.


Complaints outside jurisdiction: Judges, court clerks, other court personnel, particular laws the consumer believes unfair, requests for attorney referral, or advice about a particular legal problem.


California State Bar

180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 538-2000
(415) 538-2020 Fee Disputes
(415) 538-2283 Public Records Requests
(866) 442-2529 Lawyer Referral Services
(415) 538-2250 Lawyer Referral Services (outside of California)


California State Bar

Branch Office Complaint Intake Division
845 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 765-1000
(800) 843-9053 Complaint Hotline within CA
(213) 765-1200 Complaint Hotline (outside of CA)
(213) 765-1140 Client Security Fund




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