SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Ontario attorney Eric Moises Camiling faces disbarment by default following a California State Bar Court recommendation over nine counts of professional conduct rules violations in two client matters.
Allegations against Moises included failures to maintain client funds, provide an accounting, release client's property and papers, respond to client state inquiries and misappropriation, according to the eight-page decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued June 25 by the state bar court.
The state bar'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 can request further review within the state bar court.
The state bar court's recommendation included an order that rendered Camiling 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.
Camiling failed to participate in person or via counsel, and state bar's decision and order for disbarment was entered by default. In such cases, in which an attorney 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 state bar's entry for default was entered in January.
Camiling contacted the office of chief trial counsel in January but has not been in contact since and there has been no contact since his default was entered and he did not responded to the petition for disbarment or moved to have it set aside or vacated. The case was submitted for decision in late May. Camiling's recommended discipline was among the dispositions filed earlier this month by the state bar court's hearing department for June.
Camiling was admitted to the bar in California on Oct. 26, 2005, according to his profile at the state bar website.
In a previous discipline, Camiling was privately reproved in May 2012 for an alleged failure to communicate in one client matter, according to the decision and order.