On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order in the case of Tamela L. King, imposing a one-year stayed suspension with one year of probation for various acts of misconduct.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Tamela L. King,” with case no. S281722.

According to documents from the case, in 2010, King pled no contest to one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol with three prior convictions. She was placed on five years of probation, with the condition that she serve 180 days in county jail.

In 2015, King pled no contest to one misdemeanor count of possessing an open alcohol container in a park in Los Angeles. She was placed on one year of probation for that offense. The State Bar initiated an investigation against King in 2022 over allegations that between June and August of that year, she improperly used her client trust account for personal expenses, withdrawing and depositing over $10,000 of her funds to and from the account on multiple occasions.

King stipulated to the facts of the case. As factors in mitigation, she had over 16 years of discipline-free practice prior to the misconduct and there was no evidence she misused client funds. King also acknowledged her actions, recognizing their wrongdoing. However, the multiple incidents of misusing her trust account over three months were considered an aggravating factor.

In light of the misconduct and weighing of mitigating and aggravating factors, the parties jointly recommended a one-year stayed suspension and one year of probation with conditions including completing ethics and client trust accounting classes. The State Bar Court approved the stipulation with some minor modifications. The Supreme Court then ordered the recommended discipline.

King must comply with the terms of her probation, which if successfully completed will result in the suspension being stayed and deemed satisfied. She is also required to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam. The order represents the final resolution of the disciplinary proceedings against King.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that Tamela L. King (Respondent), State Bar Number 182632, is suspended from the practice of law in California for one year, execution of that period of suspension is stayed, and Respondent is placed on probation for one year subject to the following conditions.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. King is a family attorney in Somis, California. She attended the Southwestern University School of Law, graduating in 1995. She acquired her law license in California in 1996.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.