LOS ANGELES — Attorney Mark Allen Wiesenthal of Beverly Hills
was suspended from practicing law for 60 days by the State Bar of
California beginning Nov. 20, 2016, according to the bar's website.
Wiesenthal's current status was listed as active on the website as
of Feb. 6, 2017.
The decision on suspension was made in response to Wiesenthal’s
failure to adhere to the Minimum Continuing Legal Education
requirements of his law license and his indifference to the
violation, according to court documents.
All attorneys registered with the California State Bar must complete
a minimum of 25 course hours to keep their eligibility status.
The compliance period during which Wiesenthal was required to meet
his MCLE course hours was between Feb. 1, 2011, and Jan. 31, 2014.
The attorney told the State Bar on May 21, 2014, that he had
completed the 25 hours despite his having allegedly not completed any
coursework. Wiesenthal made his statement under the penalty of
In response to Wiesenthal’s claims, the State Bar’s Member
Records and Compliance department audited the attorney. A notice was
sent to Wiesenthal on July 7, 2014. The attorney allegedly failed to
comply with the audit, resulting in the State Bar determining that he
showed indifference to the matter.
When determining fair discipline, the State Bar took into
consideration two mitigating factors. Wiesenthal, who according to
the bar website
has been registered with the State Bar of California since 1996 after
graduating from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, had no prior record
of discipline. In addition, the 62-year-old attorney voluntarily
entered into the suspension stipulation and prevented the need for a
hearing, which saved the State Bar time and resources.
The official ruling places Wiesenthal on a one-year stayed
suspension, of which 60 days were to be served. He also will serve
one year of probation, in which he will be required to submit
quarterly updates to the State Bar and report any changes in his
status within 10 days under the penalty of perjury.
In addition to the suspension, Wiesenthal also was required take
and pass the MPRE. Failure to pass the exam or to follow any other
conditions of his probation will result in another year of suspension
Wiesenthal will also be required to provide the Office of
Probation proof of attendance and passage for Ethics School, a
requirement unique to California disciplinary action. The attorney
has one year following his suspension to provide the Office of
Probation proof of completion. In addition, Wiesenthal will be
required to pay all court costs and membership fees for three billing
cycles following the effective date of the Supreme Court order.
According to court documents,
the prosecution costs up to March 1, 2016, equate to $3,066 and may
increase at any time.