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Sacramento attorney faces disbarment over violations of professional conduct rules


By Karen Kidd | May 24, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – Sacramento attorney William Buckner Menn II faces disbarment following a California Supreme Court order over seven counts of misconduct involving a single client matter.

The Supreme Court's disbarment order will be effective May 26, according to a recent announcement on the State Bar of California's website.

The high court also ordered Menn to pay $1,500 plus interest in restitution to one former client in addition to costs.

Menn was admitted to the bar in California on July 26, 2007, according to his profile at the state bar website. Menn has no prior discipline before the state bar, there are no other investigations or disciplinary matters pending against him and the client security fund has paid no claims resulting from his alleged misconduct, according to a the state bar court's decision and order issued in January.

Among other things, Menn is alleged to have not attended a hearing where judgment and sentence were to be entered, according to the eight-page decision and order. He also allegedly didn't attend a hearing to show cause about why he should not be held in contempt, according to the decision and order.

Menn is alleged to have violated professional conduct rules, including those regarding improper withdrawal, refunding unearned fees, render appropriate accounts to a client, responding to status inquires and cooperating in a disciplinary investigation.

Menn 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 State Bar of California 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 July.

The state bar court's recommendation included an involuntary inactive enrollment order that rendered Menn 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.

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