On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order disbarring attorney S. David Kozich based on a petition filed by the State Bar of California.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of S. David Kozich,” with case no. S281472.

According to court documents, Kozich failed to respond to disciplinary charges filed against him by the State Bar in September 2022. The State Bar served Kozich with a Notice of Disciplinary Charges containing allegations of misconduct. Kozich did not file a timely written response to the notice as required. In January 2023, the court entered Kozich’s default for failing to respond.

The State Bar then filed a petition on May 10, 2023, seeking Kozich’s disbarment after his default was not set aside within the required period. As part of the default, the facts alleged against Kozich in the notice were deemed admitted. The notice accused Kozich of violating rules of professional conduct, California business and professional codes, and acts of moral turpitude.

The Supreme Court granted the State Bar’s petition and disbarred Kozich from practicing law in California. The order requires Kozich to make full restitution plus interest to four former clients. He must also pay $5,000 in sanctions to the State Bar Client Security Fund.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that S. David Kozich (Respondent), State Bar Number 102765, is disbarred from the practice of law and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Kozich was a divorce & separation attorney in Newport Beach, California. He attended the University of La Verne College of Law. He acquired his law license in California in 1982.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.