On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California ordered the disbarment of attorney William Armand Wright following a petition by the Office of Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of William Armand Wright,” with case no. s282477.

The case stems from disciplinary proceedings initiated against Wright in January 2023 with the filing of a Notice of Disciplinary Charges by the State Bar’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel. According to documents, Wright failed to file a timely response to the notice and was declared in default by the State Bar Court in March 2023.

The petition outlined how Wright was properly served with notice of the original disciplinary charges and failed to respond within the required 20 days. It also documented Wright’s failure to have the default set aside within the allowable 90-day period. The petition asserted that Wright’s default should result in disbarment, as required under State Bar rules because he had been properly notified and served, the default was validly entered by the court, and the alleged rule violations in the initial notice warranted the imposition of discipline.

Wright has a prior record of three disciplinary matters dating back to 1996, including a 1996 private reproval and a 1998 stayed suspension. Most recently, in 2022 he received a two-year suspension with execution stayed for three years of probation stemming from allegations of incompetent representation and failure to properly communicate with clients.

In its order, the high court accepted a recommendation from the State Bar Court for Wright’s disbarment and ordered him to comply with rules requiring him to notify clients and wind down any ongoing legal matters within 30 days. The court also imposed $5,000 in monetary sanctions to be paid to the State Bar Client Security Fund.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that William Armand Wright (Respondent), State Bar Number 75236, is disbarred from the practice of law in California and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Wright was an attorney in Roseville, California. He attended the Lincoln University Law School. He acquired his law license in California in 1977.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.