On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order disbarring attorney Kevin T. Kellar from practicing law in the state.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kevin T. Kellar,” with case no. S282196.

The disbarment stems from a petition filed by the State Bar on June 30, 2023, seeking to have Kellar disbarred after he defaulted in a disciplinary matter by not responding to charges or participating in the proceedings. Court documents show that on January 30, 2023, the State Bar served Kellar with a Notice of Disciplinary Charges alleging violations of professional conduct rules and California law.

Kellar did not file a timely written response to the notice as required. The State Bar then moved for entry of default in February 2023. Despite attempts to notify Kellar by mail and email, he still did not respond. In March 2023, the State Bar Court entered Kellar’s default.

In its disbarment petition, the State Bar argued that Kellar’s default meant the factual allegations in the notice were deemed admitted. These included violations that would warrant imposing discipline. As Kellar did not file to set aside or vacate the default within the allotted time period, rule 5.85 of the State Bar Court rules mandated a disbarment recommendation.

The California Supreme Court agreed with the State Bar’s position. By issuing the January 2024 disbarment order without holding further proceedings, the high court affirmed that Kellar was culpable for misconduct warranting his removal from the practice of law in California due to his unresponsiveness throughout the disciplinary process.

According to the court order, Kellar is disbarred and his name stricken from the roll of attorneys for failing to comply with disciplinary proceedings brought against him by the State Bar of California. The order also mandated that Kellar pay $2,500 in sanctions to the State Bar Client Security Fund and reimburse costs to the State Bar.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that Kevin T. Kellar (Respondent), State Bar Number 270974, 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. Kellar was a family attorney in San Diego, California. He attended the Pepperdine University School of Law, graduating in 2000. He acquired his law license in California in 2010.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.