I am about to report the opposing lawyer to VSB for his misconducts. I have two questions:
1) Is there any time limit (such as statue of limitations) to report a lawyer to VSB?
2) Can I ask VSB to sanction that lawyer to give me financial remedies?
Thank you all.
There is no time limit for reporting misconduct, but generally, they only require keeping records for 5 years, so while there is no limit, there is a practical limit.
They cannot award you monetary sanctions. They can only take actions to correct his behavior, like reprimand him, suspend him, force him to take a class, etc..
Mr. Krumbein is admitted to the courts of Virginia. His advice is often based on Virginia and Federal law, however, you should consult a lawyer in your geographic area for more detailed advice.
Frequently pro se litigants think the judge is biased, the court corrupt, and the lawyer evil--almost never the case. Odds are you have no business playing at being a lawyer any more than most of us would conducting surgery on oneself. Smarter move is for you to stay focused on your case, its merits and the rules and procedures--the State Bar is not going to give you any financial remedy and you'll end up pouring effort and energy into issues that will not advance your case.
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There is a Client Protection Fund, but that is only available if YOUR attorney did something wrong. The other attorneys here correctly stated that the Virginia State Bar (VSB) does not "give financial remedies" in opposing situations. However, they gladly investigate violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct. If the attorney violated, do not expect a quick outcome. The VSB is very busy with many cases at this time. It's still the right thing to do to make a legitimate complaint. Go to VSB.org to find the form for a disciplinary complaint.
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