Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.
Filing a Complaint Against an Attorney En Español
To file a complaint against an attorney, contact the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel by calling (303) 457-5800, or toll free (877) 888-1370 or by using the following online complaint form.
When you call the office with a complaint or use the online complaint form, you will be connected to the central intake division, which is the first step of the complaint process. For telephone complaints, a non-lawyer investigator in the central intake division will ask you questions about your complaint. The intake investigator will not provide legal advice or give you an opinion about your complaint. Rather, your complaint will be assigned for investigation by an attorney in the central intake division. All of the attorneys working in the central intake division have extensive experience in the practice of law.
Either the assigned attorney or a non-lawyer investigator will contact you about your complaint as soon as possible. Because of the number of complaints filed with the office, a delay of several days is possible.
It is important to understand that Attorney Regulation Counsel cannot review a judicial decision made by a magistrate or judge. Also, the attorney assigned to your complaint does not represent you and cannot assist you in your legal matter. The jurisdiction of Regulation Counsel is limited to enforcement of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.
When filing a complaint, please have the following information available:
When filing a complaint, please be aware that:
Note that the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel generally does not handle complaints about judges, such as complaints about the way a judge handles a case or issues decisions. The office may exercise jurisdiction when a judge engages in criminal conduct, deceitful conduct, sexual harassment, or other serious misconduct that implicates the Rules of Professional Conduct. Complaints about state county court judges, state district court judges, and state appellate judges should be directed to the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline.. Complaints about state administrative law judges should be directed to the Chief Administrative Law Judge, Office of Administrative Courts by mail (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203), email (OAC-DVR@state.co.us) or phone ((303) 866-2000). The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel also may be authorized to apply the Code of Judicial Conduct to certain other judges, including magistrate judges.
For more information on what to expect when filing a complaint, please visit our FAQs.