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Attorney Grievance Committees
The Fourth Judicial Department Grievance Committees are Chaired by the following:
Welcome to the Attorney Grievance Committee home page. Please visit the several links to find further information including How to file a complaint, addresses for this and other New York State Disciplinary Offices, Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, Disciplinary Decisions by the Court and examples of misconduct, our Annual Report, and much more information. We are here to protect the public, maintain confidence in the integrity of our profession, and to educate.
Pursuant to New York Judiciary Law Section 90 and the Appellate Division Fourth Department Rules Relating to Attorneys (22 NYCRR 1240 and 1020), the Attorney Grievance Committees are authorized to investigate, review, and prosecute complaints of attorney misconduct within the Fourth Judicial Department. This agency has jurisdiction over approximately 14,588 lawyers with a 22-county geographic area, with three district offices, located in Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. Each office has its own Grievance Committee comprised of 21 volunteer members. Serious allegations of misconduct are reviewed by the Committee and forwarded to the Appellate Division for disposition and/or trials.
The Chief Counsel for the Fourth Department is:
Gregory J. Huether, Esq.
H. Messenger, Jr. Esq.
Fifth District, Syracuse
|Carl M. Darnall, Esq.
Seventh District, Rochester
|Mark R. McNamara, Esq.
Eighth District, Buffalo
Each Grievance Committee office has investigative staff. The office addresses and staff members for each are:
ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMITTEES MEMBERSHIP
2016 - 2017
Membership for each committee comes by appointment from the Presiding Justice. Each committee membership is listed below.