How to address concerns about your relationship with your attorney

All proceedings for the investigation of complaints and grievances involving alleged misconduct of any member of the Bar of this state, all proceedings for the discipline of such members of the Bar, and all proceedings for reinstatement to the practice of law in this state shall be brought, conducted and disposed of in accordance with the provisions of Rule 413 of the Appellate Court Rules. These matters must be handled exclusively by the Board of Commissioners on Grievance and Discipline. You may direct your concerns in writing as follows:

Board of Commissioners on
Grievances and Discipline

South Carolina Supreme Court
PO Box 11330
Columbia, SC 29211

Also, The South Carolina Bar has several other programs available to help sort out issues that arise between clients and their attorneys.  For a list of these programs, visit the SC Bar's website at


If you believe the problem you are experiencing is a communication problem or a misunderstanding which has arisen between you and your attorney, you may wish to avail yourself of the services of the Greenville County Bar Association's Client Relations Committee. Participation in this committee is voluntary and must be accepted not only by you but also by your attorney. The function of the Committee involves a process where a Committee member serves as an impartial third party and attempts to facilitate a resolution of problems between attorneys and clients. However, the Committee has no power to investigate attorney conduct; nor does it have any authority to impose sanctions or force settlement of disputes. If you wish to avail yourself of the services of this Committee, you may direct your concerns in writing as follows:

Greenville County Bar
Client Relations Committee

PO Box 10145
Greenville, SC 29603


+ About the book

“For more than two hundred years, lawyers and judges, many of them colorful and powerful personalities, have practiced law and maintained order in Greenville County. In the nineteenth century, Judges Richard Gantt and Waddy Thompson began the tradition of Upstate justice. At the time of the Civil War, Benjamin Perry and his colleagues argued fiercely about secession. Recently, local attorneys and judges, both black and white, have struggled with integration and civil rights issues. History is dotted with legal dynasties; individual practitioners like “Miss Jim” Perry and John Bold Culbertson; and judges, including J. Robert Martin and Frank Eppes, who have played significant roles in Upstate law. Author Judith Bainbridge details the impact and personalities of law and lawyers in Greenville County.”

+ About the author

Judith Bainbridge retired in 2007 from Furman University as professor of English emerita. A Greenville resident since 1976, she is a native of New Jersey. She graduated from Mary Washington College and earned her MA and PhD degrees in English from the University of Iowa. A historic preservationist who has extensively researched local history, Judy is the author of books on West End and the Greenville Women’s College, as well as the 2008 Chamber of Commerce–sponsored Historic Greenville and Greenville’s Heritage, a collection of her articles on local history from the Greenville News.”

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