On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order summarily disbarring attorney Jack Huu-Chinh Nguyen from practicing law in the state.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jack Huu-Chinh Nguyen,” with case no. S282224.

Nguyen pleaded guilty in December 2022 in federal court to one count of conspiracy to launder money. He was sentenced in April 2023 to 12 months and one day in prison plus two years of supervised release.

The Office of Chief Trial Counsel had asked the State Bar Court’s Review Department to recommend Nguyen for summary disbarment based on his felony conviction. For an offense to warrant summary disbarment in California, it must be a felony and involve moral turpitude.

In an August 2023 filing, the Review Department determined that Nguyen’s crime met both criteria. They noted money laundering inherently involves deceit and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, making it a felony. The review panel also found Nguyen’s conviction necessarily involved moral turpitude, as money laundering aims to conceal the source or ownership of funds obtained through unlawful activity.

Nguyen argued against summary disbarment in a July 2023 response, but the Review Department was not persuaded. When an attorney’s conviction satisfies the requirements of the Business and Professions Code, they are not entitled to a hearing on potential lesser discipline. The panel recommended Nguyen’s disbarment and monetary sanctions.

The California Supreme Court’s January 2024 order adopts the Review Department’s recommendation, summarily disbarring Nguyen. He must notify clients and counsel of his disbarment within 30 and 40 days, respectively. Nguyen was also ordered to pay $5,000 in sanctions to the State Bar Client Security Fund.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that Jack Huu-Chinh Nguyen (Respondent), State Bar Number 249657, is summarily disbarred from the practice of law and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Nguyen was an antitrust & trade law attorney in El Segundo, California. He attended the New York Univ School of Law. He acquired his law license in California in 2007.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.