I’m afraid that it’s very unlikely that the attorney has engaged in any professional misconduct
or ethical violations. An attorney has a duty to avoid representing interests that are adverse to his or her client, but that doesn’t prevent an attorney from engaging in a business relationship with a client while also representing the client. The attorney would just need to ensure that his business interests are not adverse to the client, and that they wouldn’t infringe on the ability to represent a client competently.
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So, unless the attorney were attempting to gouge your son for a higher commission rate than that that would be paid to the other brokers, it is actually not misconduct or unethical to inform your son that she would be willing and interested in acting as his broker if his relationship with the other brokers didn’t work out.
That said, you can still make a complaint about the attorney, but the proper place to file the complaint is the California State Bar. (Bar Associations of cities do not have any authority to regulate attorneys, they are just for networking. Only the state can impose discipline for misconduct).
You can file a complaint using the information available online here, although, in the vast majority of circumstances, these types of complaints would need to be filed by the client him or herself, since a client is free to waive any conflict of interest or adverse interests that may exist.
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