One reason that individuals or entities join an association is to assure that all members play by the same rules and that none gains a competitive advantage over others. Another reason is that members of an association share a common interest in protecting the integrity of the underlying product, industry or property that draws them together. Therefore, one reasonable expectation of every member is that the association will investigate and, if appropriate, discipline members who deviate from agreed-upon rules or standards. This can be a complicated, time-consuming, thankless responsibility, fraught with opportunities to create legal exposure. Our attorneys are well-versed in issues that arise in the context of member discipline and we can help prevent exposure for your association or minimize the risk of external interference if a discipline proceeding is already underway. There are many preventative and remedial strategies to employ and we welcome the challenge of creating a record that is difficult for a third-party to disturb.