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Redding attorney reciprocally disbarred over defaulted loan in Oregon

Attorneys & Judges

By Karen Kidd | Sep 2, 2019


SAN FRANCISCO – Longtime Redding attorney Matthew Alexander Wilson has been reciprocally disbarred following an Aug. 8 California Supreme Court order and his disbarment in Oregon last year over a defaulted loan, according to a recent report issued by the State Bar of California and court documents.

In its order, the Supreme Court ordered Wilson to pay about $47,625, plus 10 percent interest per year from March 2015, in restitution to the man who provided the loan more than six years ago. The high court also ordered Wilson to pay costs and comply with California court rules regarding his discipline.

Wilson's disbarment will be effective Saturday, Sept. 7, according to an announcement on the state bar's website.

Wilson was admitted to the bar in California on Dec. 1, 1992, according to his profile at the California State Bar website. Wilson was admitted to the bar in Oregon on April 20, 2001, according to his profile at the Oregon State Bar website.

Allegations against Wilson stem from a $30,000, 90-day loan he received from a man in March 2012, using Wilson’s home as collateral, according to the decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued in October by the California State Bar Court.

Wilson allegedly didn't tell the man that he had not paid his mortgage in nearly two years, foreclosure was imminent and that he had used the home as collateral for another loan, according to the decision and order.  

Wilson ultimately defaulted on the loan and, as of the date of the decision and order, he has never repaid, according to the decision and order.

The man filed a complaint to the Oregon State Bar in April 2014.

Wilson was disbarred in Oregon in April of last year, according to his state bar profile in that state.

Wilson's disbarment in Oregon followed an Oregon Supreme Court issued a trial panel opinion issued in February of last year, according to the decision and order. The Oregon Supreme Court found Wilson "made multiple misrepresentations to the complaining witness and to the Oregon State Bar" during disciplinary proceedings against him, according to the decision and order.

"In light of (Wilson's) culpability and the factors in aggravation and mitigation, this court finds, among other things, that the appropriate level of discipline is disbarment," the 18-page decision and order said.

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