SAN FRANCISCO — Oakland attorney Richter Wong Kong was disbarred
from practicing law in California for committing misconduct by
failing to preform legal duties and provide pertinent information to
In addition, Kong failed to participate in State Bar of California
investigations into the matters.
The disbarment went into
effect on Jan. 19.
said that Kong was initially charged with 11 counts of violating the
California Rules of Professional Conduct and the Business and
Professions Code. In one
matter, Kong allegedly failed to perform legal work for his
clients in an immigration case, did not provide status updates to the
client, failed to repay unearned fees of more than $2,000, and did
not participate in the State Bar’s investigation.
In another matter, Kong allegedly did not arrange the delivery and
distribution of settlement funds, failed to respond to his client in
a prompt manner, and did not cooperate with the State Bar’s
Kong also allegedly did not provide an accounting of $11,000 he
received in advance from another client or respond either to his
client's status inquiries or State Bar investigators.
A default was entered for Kong when he did not respond to multiple
attempts at contact by the State Bar of California, and the Office of
the Chief Trial Counsel recommended disbarment. The attorney, who was
to the California State Bar in 1980, had one prior record of
discipline from 2009 when he was suspended for 60 days for
Kong will be required to comply with the California Rules of Court
9.20 subsections (a) and (c) in regards to his disbarment. The
rules require Kong to notify all of his clients of the ruling,
deliver any papers necessary to clients in regards to their cases,
return any fees that remain unearned, and alert opposing counsel in
any pending litigation of his disbarment. Kong must then file with
the clerk of the State Bar Court that he has complied with the
provisions of his disbarment.