On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order regarding attorney Ming Ji, placing him on probation for one year.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Ming Ji,” with case no. S281577.

According to court documents, Ji had been accused of misconduct in two complaints filed with the State Bar of California. In the first case, brought by clients Nee Fong Siah and Shang Ong, Ji failed to diligently prosecute a business dispute case, neglecting court orders and missing deadlines. He did not request a default judgment hearing as ordered, file an updated case management statement, responds to an order to show cause regarding dismissal, or appear at a related hearing. Ji also failed to inform his clients about these developments or respond to multiple status inquiries via email. The case was ultimately dismissed due to Ji’s inaction.

In the second case, client Chao Yang Liu hired Ji to help resolve a construction contract dispute. After reaching a resolution, Liu requested a refund of unearned fees in June 2022. Ji did not properly refund the $2,000 owed until June 2023, well after Liu had filed a complaint.

Ji stipulated the facts and admitted misconduct violations including failing to act with reasonable diligence, disobeying court orders, not keeping clients informed, and not promptly refunding unearned fees. Aggravating factors included multiple offenses that harmed clients and the administration of justice. However, mitigating circumstances included Ji’s lack of prior discipline and expressed remorse.

As part of an approved stipulation, the Supreme Court ordered Ji to a one-year suspension stayed pending one year of probation, with conditions. Ji must comply with the terms of the stipulation, such as continuing legal education requirements. He is also required to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination within one year, or face suspension. Costs were awarded to the State Bar and must be paid in installments over three years.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Ji is a general practice attorney in Pleasanton, California. He attended the Smu Dedman School of Law. He acquired his law license in California in 2008.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.