On Thursday, August 31, 2023, the Supreme Court of California issued a final disciplinary order against attorney Victor Waidor Luke. The court’s ruling left no room for ambiguity, as it ordered Luke’s disbarment and struck his name from the esteemed roll of attorneys.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Victor Waidor Luke,” with case no. S280904.
In a stipulation of facts, conclusions of law, and disposition and order approval, it was stated that Luke has been in trouble with the law for violating court orders and failing to comply with probation requirements. He was suspended from practicing law for two years, starting on April 25, 2022, and was placed on probation for three years. Luke did not comply with the conditions of his probation and failed to submit his quarterly reports on time. He also failed to file a declaration of compliance with the California Rules of Court, Rule 9.20.
Luke has previously been disciplined for failing to appear in court, failing to pay sanctions, and failing to respond to letters of inquiry from the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar of California. The court found that Luke had committed multiple acts of misconduct and demonstrated indifference to his obligations as a lawyer. In mitigation, Luke entered into a pretrial stipulation, which acknowledged his misconduct and saved the State Bar significant resources and time.
The court concluded that Luke had willfully violated the California Rules of Professional Conduct and the Business and Professions Code. The court ordered Luke to comply with the conditions of his disciplinary probation and to file a declaration of compliance with California Rules of Court, Rule 9.20. Luke was also ordered to pay a fine to the State Bar.
In accordance with these facts, the Supreme Court of California decided to disbar attorney Luke from the practice of law. The court also awarded costs to the State Bar in accordance with Business and Professions Code section 6086.10. The order is enforceable as a money judgment and may be collected by the State Bar through any means permitted by law.
The Disposition states:
“The court orders that Victor Waidor Luke (Respondent), State Bar Number 193150, is disbarred from the practice of law in California and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Luke is an attorney in Santa Ana, California. He is the owner of the Law Firm of V.W. Luke, APLC. He attended the Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University. He acquired his law license in California in 1997.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.