On Thursday, January 12, 2023, the Supreme Court of California ordered the summary disbarment of Los Angeles attorney Allan Gabriel for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude.

The case, titled In the Matter of Allan Gabriel, was brought by the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar (OCTC) under case no. 22-C-30716.

The OCTC filed its Recommendation of Summary Disbarment with the State Bar Court on October 3, 2022, based on Gabriel’s felony conviction in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.

Gabriel was charged, pled no contest, and later convicted of possession of child pornography before the Superior Court of California. Prior to his conviction, the Court ordered the suspension of Gabriel from the practice of law, effective September 12, 2022, pending the final disposition of the proceeding.

The OCTC transmitted proof of the finality of Gabriel’s conviction to the Court on August 25, 2022, and filed a request for summary disbarment of Respondent, pursuant to California Rules of Cort, rule 9.10(a), which states:

“After a judgment of conviction becomes final, “the Supreme Court shall summarily disbar the attorney if the offense is a felony. . .  and an element of the offense is the specific intent to deceive, defraud, steal, or make or suborn false statement, or involved moral turpitude. The record of conviction establishes both criteria for summary disbarment.”

The OCTC, in its Recommendation of Summary Disbarment, recommended that Gabriel be summarily disbarred from the practice of law in California and that he be ordered to pay $3,000 in monetary sanctions.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court of California ruled for the disbarment of Gabriel based on his felony conviction.

The Order reads:

“The court orders that Allan Gabriel (Respondent), State Bar Number 76477, is summarily disbarred from the practice of law and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Allan Gabriel obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Brooklyn Law School, Rutgers University, graduating in 1975. He had practiced in Los Angeles, California with the law firm Dykema Gossett, LLP. He had been admitted to both the California and New Jersey state bars.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.