On Friday, January 5, 2024, the California Supreme Court issued an order disbarring attorney Timothy George McFarlin.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Timothy George McFarlin,” with case no. s282199.

According to records from the State Bar Court, McFarlin failed to properly defend himself against disciplinary charges brought by the State Bar of California’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel (OCTC). In January 2023, OCTC served McFarlin with a Notice of Disciplinary Charges outlining alleged violations of professional conduct rules and California statutes. McFarlin did not file a timely written response to the charges as required.

As a result, in April 2023 the State Bar Court entered McFarlin’s default for failure to respond. Under the Rules of Procedure for the State Bar, the factual allegations against McFarlin in the Notice of Charges were then deemed admitted. McFarlin also did not file any subsequent motion to set aside the default within the required period.

In July 2023, OCTC then filed a Petition for Disbarment After Default with the State Bar Court, citing McFarlin’s failure to respond to the charges or set aside the default. The petition argued that given McFarlin’s admission of the charges by default, as well as his prior discipline record and lack of contact with OCTC, disbarment was warranted under the Rules of Procedure.

With McFarlin taking no action to defend himself against the allegations, the State Bar Court proceeded to recommend his disbarment to the Supreme Court. In its January 2024 order, the Supreme Court officially disbarred McFarlin from practicing law and removed his name from the roll of California attorneys. He was also ordered to pay additional monetary sanctions.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that Timothy George McFarlin (Respondent), State Bar Number 223378, is disbarred from the practice of law and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. McFarlin was a foreclosure attorney in Irvine, California. He attended the University of California at Davis School of Law, graduating in 2002. He acquired his law license in California in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.