Grievance & Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee


Receives and investigates complaints from the public on ethical matters and writes recommendations and submits written report for committee discussion based on the NCSB Rules of Professional Conduct. Attorney members must have been licensed for at least five years.



2013-14 Chair

Fred W. DeVore III


Class of 2014

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Public Members

Tilman Thomas Gates

Gay  R. Atkins

Melinda R. Beres

David L. Anderson

Elizabeth J. James

Michael R. Hoernlein

Chadwick Crockford

Scott Lurie

Mark A. Michael

Elizabeth A. Martineau

Erin K. Taylor


Janice L. Tucker

George N. Miller

Angelina M. Maletto


 Makila A. Scruggs

 D. Christopher Osborn


Staff Liaison

Maya M. Engle, Assistant Executive Director -


Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Grievance Committee attend monthly Committee meetings and are assigned two to three cases each month to investigate. Meetings take place the third Wednesday of every month during which time members who have completed case investigations present formal reports with their recommendation of probable cause or no probable cause based on the Rules of Professional Conduct. Once the case is closed at the local level, it is sent on to the NC State Bar Grievance Coordinator for final review. Interested in joining this committee? 

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Grievance Committee, 2012- 13 Report

By Fred W. DeVore III, Chair

The Grievance Committee investigates complaints against Mecklenburg County Bar members and reports its findings and recommendations to the North Carolina State Bar (NCSB). The Committee's recommendations are nonbinding, and the Committee has no role in any discipline that might be imposed. Grievances may be filed locally or with the NCSB, but all grievances other than those alleging criminal conduct or trust account violations are investigated locally. The Committee is comprised of 13 lawyers and two non-lawyers. Investigations are assigned to lawyer members, and all reports are considered by the Committee as a whole. All proceedings are confidential.

For the period from July 1, 2012, through May 1, 2013, 51 new files were opened and 45 were closed. The Committee recommended a finding of probable cause as to a violation of one or more of the Rules of Professional Conduct in 6 of the closed files. Criminal and domestic law consistently generates the most complaints. Regardless of the type of law involved, most complaints allege violations of Rule 1.4, Communication, and Rule 1.3, Diligence.

The Committee works closely with the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee and the Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture Committee, and referrals are made as appropriate. Any lawyer with a question about the process or a particular issue should feel free to contact the Chair or any member of the Committee.