On Wednesday, March 22, 2023, the Supreme Court of California suspended Pasadena attorney John Christopher Burton based on his drunk driving conviction.
The case is entitled “In re John Christopher Burton,” and was brought by the State Bar of California with case no. SBC-22-C-30642.
On June 28, 2022, Burton’s conviction record was transmitted to State Bar Court. He was convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher, a misdemeanor, that may or may not involve moral turpitude.
The Review Department of the State Bar Court, on July 22, 2022, entered an order referring Burton’s case to the Hearing Department to hear and decide whether there was moral turpitude or other misconduct that warranted disciplinary action in relation to Burton’s conviction.
Burton filed his Response on August 15, 2022, and denied that the facts and circumstances underlying his DUI conviction involved moral turpitude, and requested a hearing to determine whether his conviction involve other misconduct warranting discipline.
Accordingly, the Court based on the foregoing facts and discussion, ruled to suspend Burton.
The disposition reads:
“The court orders that John Christopher Burton (Respondent), State Bar Number 86029, is suspended from the practice of law in California for one year, execution of that period of suspension is stayed, and Respondent is placed on probation for one year ….”
Burton was required to submit evidence of successfully completing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination to the State Bar’s Office of Probation. Neglecting to fulfill this requirement could lead to Burton’s suspension.
Mr. Burton maintains his sole practice in Pasadena. He is listed as a practicing attorney in The Law Offices of John Burton. Burton graduated from Hastings College of Law in 1978. He has been licensed and admitted to practice in California in 1979. His info can be found on Avvo.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.