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Sacramento attorney disbarred over conviction stemming from DUI charges

By Karen Kidd | Jul 6, 2017

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Sacramento attorney Warren Wendell Quann has been disbarred by the California State Bar over 2012 DUI charges that lead to a conviction the following year.

The misdemeanor violation for which Quann ultimately was convicted "involved both moral turpitude and other misconduct warranting discipline," said the decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued in May by the California State Bar. 

The state bar's decision of May 23 is pending final action by the California Supreme Court, an appeal before the state bar's Review Department or expiration of time in which parties to may request further review within the State Bar Court.

Quann's law office address is in Sacramento, according to his profile on the state bar's website. Quann was admitted to the bar in California on June 6, 1989.

The state bar's most recent decision to disbar Quann stems from 2012 DUI charges brought against the attorney in Sacramento County Superior Court. Quann initially was charged with two counts of DUI that later were reduced to a single charge of misdemeanor violation of reckless driving involving alcohol or drugs or both, according to the decision and order. On March 22, 2013, Quann pled nolo contendere to a reduced charge of violating a portion of the state's vehicle code, for which the superior court placed him on three years’ informal probation.

The state bar's Review Department took up the conviction last summer and Quann asked in November to be referred to the bar's alternative discipline program (ADP), according to the decision and order. In January a state bar hearing judge ruled Quann ineligible to participate in the ADP.

Quann's three prior records of discipline, on the state bar's website, were listed as aggravations in the decision and order. In August 2011, Quann was placed on two years' probation, which included seven months of suspension, over a 1998 case in which he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor submitting fraudulent documents to the IRS charge that stemmed for an audit of his 1992 federal tax return. 

In July 2012, Quann was placed on three years' probation, which included two years of suspension, over seven acts of misconduct when he provided legal services to a loan modification business operated by non-lawyers that represented itself as a law firm. In September 2016, Quann was received a three-year suspension for failing to comply with prior disciplinary probation conditions.

The decision and order also listed Quann's lack of candor as an aggravation but noted in mitigation that Quann cooperated with the state bar, is of good character and has demonstrated a high level of continuous community service. 

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