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State Bar of Arizona

The State Bar of Arizona is a private, nonprofit organization supervised by the Arizona Supreme Court and is responsible for fostering integrity, competence, learning, and public service. With 18,500 active lawyers, both in-state and out-of-state, the total membership in all categories is nearly 24,000. 

Participation is mandatory to practice law in Arizona. It is administered by a Board of Governors composed of 30 members with various appointments, including the Arizona Supreme Court, the immediate past president, the deans of Arizona's three law schools, and election by Bar members.

Additionally, the State Bar of Arizona serves the public through consumer protection from lawyers, legal information, educational programs, and free legal advice days.

Governed by the Rules and Regulations of the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (BLS Rules & Regulations), the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (BLS) is subject to the jurisdiction of the Arizona Supreme Court (Rule 44, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.). 

Contact Information

State Bar of Arizona
4201 N 24th Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 252-4804
Find a Lawyer Directory: https://azbar.legalserviceslink.com

Reporting Attorney Misconduct to the State Bar of Arizona

Attorney misconduct can be reported to the State Bar of Arizona. After a report of attorney misconduct is received, the State Bar of Arizona will determine if the conduct warrants the filing of a formal complaint. Formal complaints of misconduct are filed by the State Bar of Arizona with the Disciplinary Clerk, Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge.

When determining an appropriate sanction for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Supreme Court of Arizona uses the American Bar Association's Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions and a review of past cases involving similar misconduct.

The Disciplinary Cases Matrix includes all disciplinary decisions of the Supreme Court of Arizona from 1986 to present except for:

  • reciprocal cases
  • consents to disbarment
  • transfers to disability/inactive status and reinstatement cases

For cases decided between 1981-1985, only suspension and disbarment cases are listed. Beginning January 1, 2011, formal attorney discipline cases are processed through the office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge.

The public can also request the "Disciplinary History" of a member of the State Bar of Arizona or obtain a "Certificate of Good Standing."

Arizona's Find-a-Lawyer Directory 

The State Bar of Arizona (SBA) Public Service Center (PSC) is an online platform powered by Legal Services Link, LLC. The "Find-a-Lawyer" directory allows potential paying clients can find attorneys, and the attorneys can connect directly with those clients. The public can use the Legal Service Link of the State Bar of Arizona by using three easy and fast steps.

First, the consumer can anonymously post information about their legal needs quickly and for no charge. Second, lawyers interested in helping can contact the consumer by email. The consumer can then review the emails and select the best lawyer for the case. 

To update their information, the attorney can log in to their AZBar Account. To create the profile, the attorney can log in and update their member profile to make it as informative as possible. The profile is listed in the directory and is the first thing potential clients see when searching for an attorney or evaluating applications submitted to fulfill their legal needs. 

The legal projects submitted by potential clients in the attorney’s areas of practice and geographic location are emailed to the attorney and listed on the attorney’s homepage. From the attorney homepage, the attorney can also click on "Find Work" at the top of the page to be directed to a page that lists all legal projects posted to the site. 

For attorneys with a Premium Account, which is only $300 a year, the attorney can respond to an unlimited number of legal projects and connect with an unlimited number of clients. In other words, attorneys pay a $300 yearly fee for unlimited access to the directory with no charge per legal project and no fee-splitting.

To respond to a legal project, the attorney can click on the project title and then the "Connect with this Client" button. The attorney can then draft and submit their message, which is emailed directly to the potential client. 

After reviewing your message, the client will decide whether to respond to the message. Any conversation between the client and attorney then takes place outside of the platform. 

The public can also find information about attorneys by searching with any combination of the following search features: by name, by name of the firm or company, by practice area of law, or by city. The areas of law included within the directory include: 

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Contracts
  • Commercial
  • Criminal
  • Evictions
  • Family
  • Immigration
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Wills
  • Worker Compensation

The State Bar of Arizona, Public Service Center (PSC), provides access to independent attorneys and information provided by those independent attorneys through the directory. The directory also helps attorneys find ways to participate in volunteer projects or connect with potential clients who need pro bono work.

Additional Resources

Arizona Supreme Court on Attorney Admission - Find information on attorney admissions on the website of the Arizona Supreme Court and the Committee on Examinations, Committee on Character and Fitness located in Phoenix, AZ. Find information about the results of each recent Arizona Uniform Bar Examination. Learn more about the dates and deadlines to submit applications for the upcoming bar exams. Find the rules of admission and answers to frequently asked questions. 

Legal Organizations in Arizona - Read more about the other legal organizations in Arizona, including voluntary, minority, and specialty bar associations. Find the contact information for the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, the Arizona Black Bar, the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, the Maricopa County Bar Association, the Navajo Nation Bar Association, and the Pima County Bar Association.

This article was last updated on Friday, November 6, 2020.