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Monday, November 18, 2019

Los Angeles attorney faces revoked probation, suspension over alleged compliance issues

By Karen Kidd | Jun 16, 2018


SAN FRANCISCO – Los Angeles attorney Dennis Earl Braun faces revoked probation and suspension following a California State Bar Court recommendation after he allegedly failed to comply with probation conditions.

The state bar court acted on a motion to revoke Braun's disciplinary probation filed in January by the State Bar of California's probation office, according to the nine-page order granting the motion and for involuntary inactive enrollment. The order was issued April 3 and was among dispositions filed last month by the state bar court's hearing department for April but was only recently made available on Braun's profile at the state bar's website.

The state bar court recommended Braun's previous probation, handed down by the California Supreme Court in October 2016, be revoked and that the stay be lifted on a year of suspension, according to the order. The state bar court also recommended Braun be placed on two years of conditional probation.

Braun's 2016 discipline was over four alleged acts of misconduct stemming from a marriage dissolution case from which he failed to properly withdraw.

Braun allegedly failed to participate in the state bar court's latest disciplinary proceeding against him, which the court considered "a significant aggravating factor because it reflects an ongoing lack of commitment to comply with ethical requirements," the order said.

"[Braun]'s failure to appear and participate in this proceeding establishes that [Braun] fails both to appreciate the seriousness of the charges against him and to comprehend the importance of fulfilling his duty as an attorney to participate in disciplinary proceedings."

Braun's two prior records of discipline also were considered "a significant factor in aggravation," the order said.

The state bar court's recommendation included an involuntary inactive enrollment order that rendered Braun involuntarily enrolled as an inactive member of the State Bar of California. That order was effective three calendar days after service, according to the recommendation.

The state bar court's recommendation 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 may request further review within the state bar court.

Braun was admitted to the bar in California on June 6, 1991, according to his profile at the state bar website.

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