On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California ruled on the disciplinary charges against Arkansas attorney Paul D. Stockler pursuant to the State Bar’s petition seeking Stockler’s disbarment for failure to file a timely response to the disciplinary charges and failure to have the default set aside within the period prescribed.

The case is styled “In the Matter of Paul D. Stockler,’ and was brought by the Office of Chief Trial Counsel, under case no. SBC-21-N-30633.

According to a Notice of Disciplinary Charges filed by the Office of Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar of California on September 3, 2021, Stockler failed to file a declaration of compliance with California Rules of Court, rule 9.20 with the clerk of the State Bar Court by May 7, 2021, and May 17, 2021, as required by a Supreme Court order in Case No. S257320.

According to court documents, Stockler failed to respond to the Notice despite proper service, hence, the State Bar moved for entry of default. However, Stockler again failed to file a written response to the motion for entry of default.

Upon satisfying the requirements for a mandatory disbarment recommendation, the State Bar sought Stockler’s disbarment.

Accordingly, the Court ruled against Stockler and entered an order disbarring the latter for failing to file a response to the Notice of Disciplinary Charges and failing to file a motion setting aside the default within the prescribed period.

The disposition reads:

“The court orders that Paul D. Stockler  (Respondent), State Bar Number 171401, is disbarred from the practice of law in California and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”

Stockler was also ordered to pay monetary sanctions to the State Bar of California Client Security Fund in the amount of $5,000.

Mr. Paul D. Stockler earned his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law. He practiced in Anchorage, Arkansas prior to the disbarment. Stockler has been licensed in California and Arkansas. His info can be found on All California Attorneys.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.