On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, the Supreme Court of California amended its order suspending attorney Marc Pierre Ernaga for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The case is entitled “In the matter of Marc Pierre Ernaga” with case no. S277371.

In an Order dated April 1, 2022, the respondent was convicted of the crime of driving while intoxicated. The case was referred to the Hearing Department for hearing and decision to determine whether the facts and circumstances surrounding the violation involved moral turpitude or other misconduct warranting discipline.

The filing states:

“Respondent Marc Pierre Ernaga has been convicted of Violating Vehicle Code section 23152, subdivision (b) (driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher), a misdemeanor that may or may not involve moral turpitude.”

On January 25, 2023. an initial order was issued regarding the matter, suspending the respondent for one year. On February 13, the Court issued an order amending the initial suspension.

The Amended Order states:

“The order filed January 25, 2023, suspending Marc Pierre Ernaga (Respondent), State Bar Number 212723, is hereby amended to read in its entirety: “The court orders that Marc Pierre Ernaga (Respondent), State Bar Number 212723, is suspended from the practice of law in California for one year, execution of that period of suspension stays, and Respondent is placed on probation for one year subject to the following conditions:

1. Respondent must comply with the other conditions of probation recommended by the Hearing Department of the State Bar Court in its Decision filed on October 6, 2022; and

2. At the expiration of the period of probation, if Respondent has complied with the terms of probation, the period of stayed suspension will be satisfied and that suspension will be terminated.”

The respondent must provide to the State Bar’s Office of Probation proof of taking and passing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination as recommended by the Hearing Department in its Decision filed on October 6, 2022. Failure to do so may result in suspension. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.10(b).)

Costs are awarded to the State Bar in accordance with Business and Professions Code section 6086.10 and are enforceable both as provided in Business and Professions Code section 6140.7 and as money judgment and may be collected by the State Bar through any means permitted by law.

At the time of writing, Mr. Ernaga is listed as a managing member of LOOME Legal Solutions. He attended the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. He practices in Redwood City, California. His info can be found on lawyer.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.