On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order suspending Allen Clarence Hassan from the practice of law for two years, with the execution of that suspension stayed, and placing him on two years of probation subject to certain conditions.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Allen Clarence Hassan,” with case no. S281283.

The order stems from a disciplinary case brought by the Office of Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar of California against Hassan in State Bar Court. In a June 7, 2023 decision, the Hearing Department of the State Bar Court found that Hassan had violated the terms of his prior disciplinary probation by failing to timely submit quarterly reports, providing proof of completing mandatory ethics and accounting classes, and fully paying restitution to a former client.

Hassan has a prior record of discipline. In 2016 and 2020, he received suspensions from the practice of law, with a portion of the 2020 suspension being an actual six-month suspension. The State Bar Court found that Hassan’s current misconduct constituted multiple probation violations and warranted discipline greater than his prior sanctions.

In its decision, the State Bar Court considered evidence in aggravation, including Hassan’s prior discipline and multiple probation violations, as well as mitigating factors such as his cooperation with the disciplinary proceedings, good character evidence, and financial hardship. While standards for attorney sanctions could have called for disbarment given Hassan’s record, the State Bar Court deviated from this due to certain mitigating circumstances.

The Supreme Court adopted the discipline recommended by the State Bar Court of a two-year suspension stayed pending a two-year probationary period. Hassan’s probation is subject to conditions, including an actual minimum one-year suspension until he proves rehabilitation. He must also comply with additional probation terms like completing legal education courses and meeting with the Office of Probation.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Hassan is a medical malpractice attorney in Sacramento, California. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Law. He acquired his law license in California in 1982.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.