because that's where complaints about lawyers are registered/investigated here
Yes ... here too. But step one ought to be to determine whether there is a valid complaint about the lawyer, rather than just complain to the bar association. Clients are often surprised at how expensive litigation is. Which is why the first step is to get an itemized bill, and examine it carefully, and identify any specific charges that do not appear to be legitimate.
reasoning logic wrote:
I am beginning to wonder if i have a case for a lawsuit. It appears that the charges were deliberate and my attorney seems to have lied about attending a hearing miles away. It also appears that she has violated many ethical rules and did not honor the oath that she swore to.
Does anyone think I have a case?
If the attorney lied about attending a hearing, which she did not attend, that is serious and significant, and would indeed be a valid basis to contact the bar, if the law firm is not willing to make things right.
If the law firm refuses to provide you with detailed billing, that is another reason to contact the bar.
I would contact the law firm again, identifying all specific charges which you are concerned about (which you obviously cannot do if you don't have an itemized billing statement), and making sure the lawyer/owner is aware that you know the charges are bogus (if you are sure about that), and that while you appreciate his willingness to refund $5,000, you believe you are entitled to a larger refund, of $_______, and explain why you feel that way. Be sure to convey that you feel you are without any other recourse than to contact the bar association because of your fraud concerns. If this is a reputable firm, they may not want their good reputation tainted with a bad review on avvo.com, or other law firm review websites.
The attorney who represented you has a billable hour requirement, and her compensation may be directly tied to her billable hours, depending on her arrangement with her firm. So there is a chance that she has "inflated" some of her billing entries for that reason. This would be hard to prove, of course.
The local bar may also have a fee arbitration service, which may be helpful.
I would think a lawsuit should be your last resort.