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Can you find out if a lawyer has faced discipline?

Yes, some states allow you to do a search online to determine if an attorney has faced discipline. For example, the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility has a section entitled “Online Attorney Directory” at which you can search attorneys by their names and bar license numbers. If the lawyer has had discipline it will reveal whether a petition for discipline has been filed and whether there was any punishment (such as a public censure) against an attorney.

Punishments for attorney misconduct can range from a mere reprimand all the way up to disbarment from practice (iStock).

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