On Friday, January 5, 2024, the California Supreme Court issued a public order suspending attorney Jacob Aaron Gelegan from the practice of law for one year. The suspension will be stayed for one year, during which time Gelegan will be placed on probation, with conditions including being suspended for the first 60 days of probation.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jacob Aaron Gelegan,” with case no. S281972.

According to the Court order, Gelegan failed to comply with conditions attached to a prior disciplinary public reproval from the State Bar Court in Case No. 20-C-30826. As outlined in a Notice of Disciplinary Charges filed by the State Bar in March 2023, Gelegan did not submit required proof and reports to the Office of Probation regarding his attendance at State Bar Ethics School, compliance with criminal probation, abstention from alcohol and drugs, attendance at self-help group meetings, and a final abstinence program report – all by a November 2022 deadline.

The State Bar Court found that Gelegan’s conduct violated Rule 8.1.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct prohibiting failure to comply with conditions of discipline. In addition to the one-year stayed suspension and probation with an initial 60-day suspension, Gelegan must pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam and pay $2,500 in sanctions to the State Bar Client Security Fund. The Court’s order is meant to protect the public and preserve confidence in the legal profession.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Gelegan is an attorney in Fresno, California. He attended the San Joaquin College of Law. He acquired his law license in California in 2015.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.