On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order summarily disbarring attorney David Everette Bowden from the practice of law.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of David Everette Bowden,” with case no. S282884.

In 2021 Bowden pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine in federal court. He was sentenced to 65 months in prison. In September 2023, the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel for the State Bar filed a request for Bowden’s summary disbarment based on his felony conviction, which involved moral turpitude. Bowden did not file a response to the request. Under California law, an attorney must be summarily disbarred if convicted of a felony where moral turpitude is an element.

The State Bar Court’s Review Department had issued a recommendation in November 2023 that Bowden be summarily disbarred. In their recommendation, the Review Department found that Bowden’s felony drug conspiracy conviction both constituted a felony and involved moral turpitude. As Bowden’s conviction was final and met the criteria for summary disbarment under the law, they recommended he lose his license without a mitigation hearing.

The Supreme Court adopted the Review Department’s recommendation, summarily disbarring Bowden from practicing law in California. Bowden was also ordered to pay $5,000 in monetary sanctions to the State Bar Client Security Fund and the Bar was awarded costs for the proceeding. Bowden has been stripped of his ability to practice law as a result of his felony drug conspiracy conviction.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that David Everette Bowden (Respondent), State Bar Number 190932, is summarily disbarred from the practice of law and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Bowden was an attorney in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He acquired his law license in California in 1997.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.