Attorney Grievance Commission

CLOSING DATE: April 19, 2023
SALARY: $155,110


The Attorney Grievance Commission is seeking applicants for the position of Bar Counsel, who is responsible for evaluating complaints against attorneys and prosecuting cases of professional misconduct. Bar Counsel’s duties also include investigations and prosecutions of attorneys engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, incapacitated attorneys, enforcement of compliance with disciplinary and remedial orders as well as diversionary agreements, and evaluation of overdrafts or mismanagement of attorney escrow accounts. The position will also perform other duties as prescribed by the Commission, including the development and communication of professional standards, preparation of operating budget, and oversight and management of a staff of attorneys, investigators, paralegals, office manager, and secretaries. Bar Counsel is an employee of and serves at the pleasure of the Commission.

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The Attorney Grievance Commission oversees the conduct of both Maryland attorneys and nonmembers of the Maryland Bar who engage in the practice of law in the State. The Office of Bar Counsel investigates and, where indicated, prosecutes attorneys whose conduct violates the Maryland Attorneys’ Rules of Professional Conduct as well as those engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. Bar Counsel also reviews notifications of overdrafts on attorney escrow accounts.

To learn more about the Commission and Office of Bar Counsel and their responsibilities, browse through our web pages.

The Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland is dedicated to protecting the public and maintaining the integrity of the legal profession. The Commission, through the Office of Bar Counsel, seeks to encourage and promote the ethical practice of law and the highest standards of professionalism by members of the Bar. In carrying out their functions of evaluating complaints and enforcing ethical standards for lawyers, the Commission and Bar Counsel strive for fairness and equity.