On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued a disbarment order against Attorney Diego John Velasquez. The Court’s order was based on admissions made by Velasquez in a stipulation filed with the State Bar Court regarding two disciplinary matters.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Diego John Velasquez,” with case no. SBC-23-O-30937.

In the stipulation, Velasquez acknowledged the veracity of certain facts and violations committed during his legal representation of clients.

Specifically, Velasquez failed to comply with court rules following a prior suspension from practice. He made false statements in a required form about ongoing client cases. Additionally, Velasquez engaged in the unauthorized practice of law while suspended. He continued representing two clients without informing them or opposing counsel of his status. This included performing legal work and appearing in court on their behalf when not allowed to practice.

Most notably, the stipulation revealed Velasquez had intentionally misappropriated over $30,000 in client funds. He violated trust account regulations, failing to properly manage client balances, which directly led to the stolen money.

Taken together, Velasquez’s conduct involved multiple offenses, such as misrepresentation, unauthorized practice of law, and theft of client funds. Aggravating his situation was a past disciplinary record with the State Bar. Given these serious breaches, the stipulation acknowledged disbarment was warranted to protect the public.

Given the admissions in the filed stipulation, the Supreme Court disbarred Velasquez and removed his name from the roll of California attorneys. He was also ordered to pay $5,000 in sanctions. The order aimed to safeguard future clients and uphold ethical standards in the legal profession following Velasquez’s multiple violations.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Diego John Velasquez was a mediation attorney in La Jolla, California. He attended California Western School of Law and acquired his law license in California in 1995.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.