On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued a disciplinary order for attorney Martha Michiko Vartanian. According to the court order, Vartanian was suspended from practicing law for one year, however, the suspension was stayed, and she was placed on a two-year probation with conditions.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Martha Michiko Vartanian,” with case no. S283041.

According to court records, Vartanian pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of DUI in Orange County Superior Court on August 13, 2020. She was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of over the legal limit of 0.08%. This was Vartanian’s second DUI offense within 10 years.

In response to the notification from the State Bar of her convictions, Vartanian admitted to the convictions through her attorney, James Ham, in a filing on August 9, 2023. While she did not dispute the convictions, she maintained she would provide compelling evidence in mitigation and requested the matter be resolved expeditiously.

In its order, the Supreme Court Vartanian suspended from practicing law for one year but stayed the execution of the suspension and placed her on probation for two years. As conditions of the probation, Vartanian must comply with the State Bar Court’s prior order as well as pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. If she fulfills the terms of probation, the one-year suspension will be terminated.

The order also requires Vartanian to pay the costs of her disciplinary proceedings, as specified by the California Business and Professions Code. She will remain eligible to practice law contingent on maintaining compliance with the probation conditions over the next two years.

According to avvo.com, Ms. Vartanian is an attorney in Los Angeles, California. She attended the Trinity Law School. She acquired her law license in California in 2018.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.