Informal Opinion Number: 2011-04

Rules: 4-8.3
Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession
Reporting Professional Misconduct
Summary: no duty to self-report misconduct

Question: Does Attorney have an obligation to self-report Client’s allegation of misconduct by Attorney toward Client?
Answer: No. Rule 4-8.3 does not require an attorney to self-report a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct or an allegation of a violation by that attorney.

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