2016 - 17 Grievance 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.




2016-17 Chair
Mark A. Michael
Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Public Members
Ryan D. Bolick
Antonia E. Lewis
Amanda A. Mingo
Daniel P. Roberts
Allen L. West
Scott S. Addison
Mitchell R. Feld
William T. Medlin IV
Kenneth M. Nanney
Melanie D. Roubach
Amanda W. Anders
David R. DiMatteo
Charlena A. Harvell
Adebola V. Lamikanra
Christian L. Perrin
Ben Heatley
Darwin Rice
Katie Tyler


Staff Liaison

Shannon Rae Reid, Director of Compliance & Ethics - sreid@meckbar.org




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? Complete the committee interest form


2015-16 Grievance Committee Report

Mark A. Michael, 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 reviewed de novo, and the Committee has no role in any discipline that might be imposed. Grievances may be filed locally or with the NCSB, who may assign the file to the Committee for investigation. The Committee is comprised of 16 lawyers and 3 non-lawyers. Lawyer members handle the investigations, and the Committee as a whole votes upon the findings and recommendations. All proceedings are confidential.
For the period from July 1, 2015, through June 15, 2016, 42 new files were opened and 41 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 13 of the closed files. Criminal and domestic law consistently generated the most complaints. Regardless of the type of law involved, most complaints alleged violations of Rule 1.4, Communication, and Rule 1.3, Diligence.
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.