Disbar Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Disbar, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Disbar?

v. Improper conduct which results in the removal of an attorney from practice which prohibits the attorney from practicing law before the courts in a state or from advising clients for a fee. The State Bar Association or the highest state court typically invokes this penalty. Conduct which would qualify for disbarment include conviction for a felony involving “moral turpitude,” forgery, fraud, a history of dishonesty, consistent lack of attention to clients, abandoning several clients, alcoholism or drug abuse which affects the attorney’s ability to practice, theft of funds, or a pattern of violation of the professional code of ethics. Reprimand, suspension and/or requirement that the lawyer correct his/her conduct and illustrate remorse and/or pass a test on legal ethics are imposed for singular incidents, other than felony conviction.