Attorney Alec John Baghdassarian was disbarred by the Supreme Court of California on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, for his lack of competence in handling a client’s case.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Alec John Baghdassarian,” with case no. S278917.

According to a notice of disciplinary charges issued on October 14, 2021, the respondent was accused of engaging in professional misconduct, including failure to demonstrate competence in their legal services, improper withdrawal from employment without proper justification, failure to refund fees that were not earned, and non-cooperation with the State Bar Investigation.

The notice of disciplinary charges states:

“On or about September 9, 2020, Yuan Fu Guo employed respondent to perform legal services, namely represent her in a breach of contract and fraud matter, which respondent intentionally, recklessly, grossly negligently, or repeatedly failed to perform with competence, in willful violation of Rules of Professional Conduct, rule 1.1, by failing to initiate a civil action on Ms. Guo’s behalf or perform any legal services on Ms. Guo’s behalf following their initial meeting on September 26, 2020.”

The notice of disciplinary charges continues:

“Respondent failed to cooperate and participate in a disciplinary investigation pending against respondent by failing to provide a substantive response to the State Bar’s letters of May 3, 2021, May 18, 2021, June 3, 2021, June 8, 2021, and June 30, 2021, which respondent received, that requested respondent’s response to the allegations of misconduct being investigated in OCTC case no. 21-O-01024, in willful violation of Business and Professions Code section 6068(i).”

In response to the notice of disciplinary charges dated December 3, 2021, the respondent denied all the allegations lodged against him. A petition for disbarment after default was filed wherein the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel petitioned the State Bar to recommend the respondent’s disbarment to the Supreme Court.

The petition for disbarment states:

“The Office of Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar (“State Bar”) hereby petitions the State Bar Court to recommend respondent’s disbarment to the Supreme Court, pursuant to rule 5.85 of the Rules of Procedure of the State Bar of California (hereinafter “rule”), based on respondent’s failure to appear at trial and failure to have the default set aside or vacated within the time period prescribed. This petition is based upon the attached declaration and the court file in this matter.”

In lieu of the aforementioned facts, the court decided to disbar the respondent from the practice of law.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that Alec John Baghdassarian (Respondent), State Bar Number 265112, is disbarred from the practice of law in California and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”

Mr. Baghdassarian attended the Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles. He practices in Pasadena, California. He is licensed in California. His info can be found on Linkedin.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.