On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order regarding the case of attorney Nathan Finch Ballard. The court ordered that Ballard be suspended from the practice of law in California for one year, but that the suspension was stayed and Ballard would instead be placed on probation for two years.

The case is entitled “In the Matter Nathan Finch Ballard,” with case no. S282009.

The order stemmed from Ballard’s criminal conviction. As noted in an earlier response filed by Ballard’s attorneys on May 4, 2023, Ballard acknowledged his misdemeanor conviction under Penal Code section 273a(a), which addresses child endangerment. However, Ballard denied that the basis of this conviction was child abuse, and denied engaging in child abuse. Ballard asserted that the conviction was for child endangerment, and denied that the underlying facts involved moral turpitude or misconduct warranting professional discipline.

Ballard’s attorneys argued he should be allowed a hearing on whether the conduct underlying his misdemeanor conviction involved moral turpitude or other misconduct warranting discipline.

Under the terms of the Supreme Court’s order, Ballard must comply with other probation conditions recommended by the State Bar Court in an August 31, 2023 order approving a stipulation in the matter.  Costs were also awarded to the State Bar. T

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that Nathan Finch Ballard (Respondent), State Bar Number 202847, 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 two years subject to the following conditions.”

According to appscalbar.ca.gov, Mr. Ballard acquired his law license in 1999.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.