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Unauthorized Practice of Law

The Supreme Court of Arizona has defined the practice of law in Rule 31, Arizona Rules of the Supreme Court. With a few listed exceptions, only lawyers admitted to practice in Arizona are authorized to practice law within the State of Arizona. Lawyers not licensed in Arizona, lawyers on disciplinary or summary suspension (failure to pay dues or comply with MCLE) and non-lawyers are subject to the jurisdiction of Arizona’s Supreme Court and State Bar for investigation and prosecution for the unauthorized practice of law.

Lawyers admitted in Arizona who are either disbarred or suspended (as well as lawyers admitted in other states who are alleged to have practiced in Arizona) are subject to discipline, costs and administrative expenses. An Arizona lawyer who receives a discipline sanction here is also subject to reciprocal discipline in any other states where they are licensed. Generally, the State Bar prosecutes Arizona lawyers, as well as lawyers licensed in other states, according to rules adopted by the Supreme Court for discipline proceedings. Generally, the process for non-lawyers accused of the unauthorized practice of law is within the Arizona superior court system according to rules adopted by the Supreme Court. Non-lawyers who allegedly practice law without authority are subject to costs, administrative expenses as well as cease and desist orders.

Our experienced lawyers have represented Arizona lawyers, lawyers licensed in other states, as well as non-lawyers in cases involving allegations of the unauthorized practice of law. Our experience can give you the advantage at each stage of the process. The rules regarding the unauthorized practice are unique to Arizona; you need an experienced attorney to assist you during the investigation, as well as the prosecution, of charges involving UPL.

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