State Bar of California

180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA - 94105


State Bar of California News

Legal scholar seeks reinstatement to practice law

LOS ANGELES (Northern California Record) — Renewed health and vigor is behind the decision by noted land use and planning legal scholar James Alan Kushner to seek readmission to the California Bar, following his resignation in 2012, Kushner said during a recent interview. "

Gold River attorney faces 2 years' probation

Gold River attorney Michael Joseph Baytosh faces two years' probation following a California State Bar recommendation over multiple counts of misconduct in a single client matter.

State bar recommends San Diego attorney be suspended

San Diego attorney Manuel Angel Gonzalez faces a possible minimum of two years' suspension following a California State Bar recommendation regarding 25 counts of misconduct in six consolidated matters.

Arizona attorney faces disbarment following suspension for practicing law without license

James Rudolph Andrews of Chandler, Arizona, faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar recommendation after he was suspended in Arizona over allegations that included practicing law without a license.

Chula Vista attorney faces California disbarment by default over 2011 disbarment in Washington

Chula Vista attorney William Orval Guffey faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar recommendation over his 2011 disbarment in Washington state after allegations that included trust account irregularities and dishonesty.

Northridge attorney faces disbarment for allegedly failing to comply with probation requirements

Northridge attorney Audrey Marie Ritter faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar recommendation after she failed to submit quarterly reports as required by a previous discipline.

Texas attorney faces disbarment in California following suspension in Lone Star State

Attorney Mark Lane Loomi Welker of Quitman Texas, licensed in California since 1984, faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar recommendation after he was suspended for nine months in Texas.

Arizona attorney faces disbarment in California, restitution order following alleged misconduct

Attorney Sean Joseph Gallagher of Oro Valley, Arizona, licensed in California since 1996, faces disbarment following a California State Bar recommendation over multiple allegations of misconduct in which he was ordered to pay more than $15,000 in restitution.

Rancho Palos Verdes attorney faces suspension after failing to comply with state high court order

Rancho Palos Verdes attorney Kevin Renard Taylor faces a partially stayed suspension and probation following a California State Bar Court recommendation after his suspension about a year ago by the California Supreme Court.

State Bar Court says Fresno immigration attorney's suspension should be lifted

Fresno attorney Preetinder Singh, also known as Peter Singh, will no longer be suspended should the California Supreme Court approve a recommendation from the California State Bar Court that was issued despite a state bar argument that the immigration law attorney has not been rehabilitated.

West Hollywood attorney faces disbarment by default over misconduct

West Hollywood attorney Jay Mitchell Vogel faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar recommendation over a single count of violation professional conduct rules and two pending disciplinary investigations.

Placerville attorney who alleges Trump Is communist Illuminati king faces disbarment by default

Placerville attorney Gregory Richard Kaighn, who says President Donald Trump is a communist Illuminati king who kidnapped his son and is planning World War III, faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar recommendation.

San Diego attorney faces disbarment, restitution order

San Diego attorney Frank Martin Jodzio, in practice for nearly 47 years, faces disbarment following a California State Bar recommendation over 13 counts of misconduct involving five client matters.

Fresno attorney faces possible suspension over alleged misconduct in 3 client matters

Fresno attorney Benjamin Prescott Tryk faces a 60-day suspension following a California State Bar decision regarding nine counts of professional misconduct in three client matters.

Stayed suspension, probation recommended for Los Angeles attorney

Los Angeles attorney Jeffrey Allen Lewiston faces stayed suspension and probation following a California State Bar recommendation regarding 14 counts of misconduct in seven client matters in states where Lewiston is not licensed to practice law and which ended with a Federal Trade Commission investigation in 2013.

Goleta attorney recommended for disbarment following alleged probation violations

Goleta attorney John Francis Shellabarger faces disbarment following a recent California State Bar recommendation over allegations he violated probation conditions previously imposed by the California Supreme Court.

Redlands attorney who represented marijuana initiative faces disbarment

Redlands attorney James DeAguilera, a former Loma Linda planning director who represented supporters of a losing marijuana ballot initiative earlier this year, faces disbarment following a California State Bar decision regarding 13 counts of misconduct in four client matters.

Orange County prosecutor faces one-year suspension for allegedly withholding evidence

Santa Ana attorney and Orange County deputy district attorney Sandra Lee Nassar faces a year of suspension following a California State Bar ruling over allegations she failed to turn over her inmate client's mail that she'd secretly collected prior to trial to defense counsel.

Santa Monica attorney to be reproved for unauthorized practice of law in Arizona

Santa Monica attorney Cynthia Ann Futter has been recommended for private reproval with public disclosure by the California State Bar following her 2015 discipline before the Arizona State Bar for unauthorized practice of law in that state, according to a recent filing.

Sacramento attorney to be reproved following conviction for resisting officer

Sacramento attorney Andrew E. Benzinger has been recommended for private reproval with public disclosure by the California State Bar following his conviction on a charge of resisting or obstructing a police officer.