Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel

OCDC Article: Ethics: Reporting Lawyer Misconduct to OCDC

Published: May 1, 2018



The mandatory reporting rule is triggered when a lawyer “knows” another lawyer has violated the rules.  The knowledge necessary to mandate a report is “actual.” Per Rule 4-1.0(f), “‘knows’ denotes actual knowledge of the fact in question[,]” although “[a] person’s knowledge may be inferred from circumstances.”


14]  This exception encourages lawyers to seek treatment through available assistance programs.

23] Reporting serious misconduct serves to protect the public and the reputation of the legal profession.

23 Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct, Preamble:  A Lawyer’s Responsibilities, ¶ [11].

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