On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order summarily disbarring attorney Scott Norris Johnson for tax evasion.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Scott Norris Johnson,” with case no. S282476.

According to the Recommendation of Summary Disbarment filed by the State Bar Court of California Review Department, Johnson had pleaded guilty to and was convicted of one felony count of violating 26 U.S.C. 7206(1), known as making and subscribing a false tax return. Johnson failed to report a portion of settlement payments he received as income on his tax returns for multiple years. He was ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

The Review Department found that Johnson’s conviction met the criteria for mandatory and summary disbarment under California Business and Professions Code Section 6102(c). His offense was a felony and involved moral turpitude as well as fraud and deceit. The Department recommended that Johnson be summarily disbarred and ordered to pay $5,000 in monetary sanctions to the State Bar Client Security Fund.

In its order, the California Supreme Court approved the recommendation, summarily disbarring Johnson and ordering him to comply with notification requirements to clients and pay the $5,000 in monetary sanctions. The order also awarded costs to the State Bar. Johnson is now barred from practicing law in California as a result of his felony conviction for tax evasion.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that Scott Norris Johnson (Respondent), State Bar Number 166952, 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. Johnson was a litigation attorney in Carmichael, California. He attended the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. He acquired his law license in California in 1993.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.