Stockton attorney Robert Glen V. Campbell has been disbarred by the California State Bar following five counts of professional conduct and business code violations in a single client matter, in which he did not appear at trial to contest, according to a recent decision.
Campbell allegedly failed to perform any work in one client matter and took no action in the second, according to the seven-page decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued Aug. 11.
Campbell failed to appear at trial, despite adequate notice and opportunity, and the state bar's decision and order for disbarment was entered by default, according to the decision and order. In cases such as this, when an attorney largely fails to participate in a California State Bar disciplinary proceeding despite adequate notice and opportunity, the bar invokes Rule 5.85, which provides the procedure for the state bar to recommend an attorney’s disbarment.
The bar's decision is pending final action by the California Supreme Court, an appeal before the bar's Review Department or expiration of time in which parties to may request further review within the State Bar Court.
Campbell was admitted to the bar in California on Jan. 2, 2001, according to his profile at the state bar's website.
Allegations against Campbell, leading to his disbarment, arose from a personal injury case, which he stated had been settled although his client had not consented to the settlement, and thereafter ceased all work on the case, according to the state bar's decision and order. Campbell also was accused of failing to inform his client about the settlement office and that he'd accepted that offer without the client's knowledge, according to the decision and order.
In July 2014 Campbell, then practicing in Santa Clara, was suspended for two years and ordered to pay restitution after he stipulated to misconduct in six client matters, according to information on his profile page at the state bar's website.
In addition to the suspension, Campbell also was order to pay $10,355, plus interest in restitution, was placed on three years’ probation and faces a three-year suspension should he fail to comply with the terms of that probation.