On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued a final disciplinary order against attorney Nathan Daly Clark, suspending him from the practice of law for one year with execution of the suspension stayed and probation imposed for one year. The attorney is suspended from the practice of law for the first 90 days of probation.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Nathan Daly Clark,” with case no. S281473.

The order stemmed from Clark violating the terms of his probation from a prior disciplinary case in 2022. That case concerned Clark’s 2016 criminal conviction for driving under the influence. As part of the resolution, Clark received a one-year stayed suspension and two years of probation with various conditions.

However, Clark failed to comply with many of the probation terms over the next year. He did not schedule required meetings with the State Bar’s Office of Probation, submit mandatory quarterly reports, abstain from using alcohol, or provide mandatory substance abuse screening reports and treatment documentation. Clark also missed probation-mandated drug and alcohol tests, Lawyer Assistance Program meetings and sessions.

In July 2023, Clark entered into a stipulation with the Office of Chief Trial Counsel acknowledging the probation violations. The stipulation detailed acts of misconduct on Clark’s part. It found he acted with indifference toward his probation obligations, which was considered an aggravating factor, along with his prior discipline record and committing multiple violations. Clark received mitigation for admitting wrongdoing by agreeing to the stipulation.

Considering the aggravating and mitigating circumstances, the stipulation recommended Clark receives a one-year actual suspension, stayed, and one year of probation with conditions – including a 90-day actual suspension. It aimed to protect the public and legal profession while holding Clark to the highest standards. The State Bar Court approved the stipulation in July 2023.

In its January 2024 order, the California Supreme Court adopted the stipulation’s recommended discipline. It suspended Clark for one year but stayed the suspension and placed him on one year of probation with conditions. Clark must serve a 90-day actual suspension. He must also comply with the other probation terms, pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, notify clients of his suspension, and pay $2,500 in disciplinary costs. Failure to satisfy these requirements could result in revocation of his probation and further suspension.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Clark is an antitrust & trade law attorney in Albany, California. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. He acquired his law license in California in 2008.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.