Attorney Misconduct Law and Legal Definition

Attorney misconduct means unethical or illegal conduct by an attorney in contradiction with the established rules of professional conduct. It is usually punishable with disciplinary measures by his/her licensing body. For instance, suspension of license or disbarment is imposed on attorney’s who are found guilty for attorney misconduct. Sometimes permanent disbarment can be warranted for instances of serious attorney misconduct which are preceded by suspension or disbarment for prior instances of serious attorney misconduct. The term "serious attorney misconduct" is defined as "any misconduct which results in a suspension of more than one year." The actions such as conflict of interest, over billing, refusing to represent a client for political or professional motives, false or misleading statements, hiding evidence, abandoning a client, failing to disclose all relevant facts, arguing a position while neglecting to disclose prior law which might counter the argument, and having sex with a client constitutes attorney misconduct.