The State Bar of New Mexico has information about filing a disciplinary complaint against a New Mexico lawyer in its Complaint Brochure.
All complaints must be written and signed by the person complaining. A complaint form is available and can be printed from this link. However, a complaint form is not required in order to file a complaint. A complaint can be in the form of a letter advising the Board of the problems a person has had with an attorney. Completed complaints can be mailed or delivered to the Disciplinary Board's office. Complaints are not accepted electronically.
When a complaint is received, it is put through an initial review process to determine whether there is evidence that an attorney has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct, which New Mexico attorneys are required to obey. The Disciplinary Board does not expect the general public to know the rules because the lawyers are supposed to know and follow them. If you would like to review the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Rules Governing Discipline, go to the main horizontal menu at the top of this screen and click on Site Index for further instructions.
The Disciplinary Board can only look into complaints about attorneys licensed in the state of New Mexico. If you have a problem with a lawyer licensed in another state, there is a directory of disciplinary agencies to assist you in locating the proper authority. Click here to link to the Directory of Lawyer Disciplinary Agencies published on the American Bar Association's Center for Professional Responsibility website.