On Wednesday, February 1, 2023, the Supreme Court of California suspended attorney David Alden James. The case is entitled “In the Matter of David Alden James” and was brought by the State Bar of California with case no. S277494.

The charges cited California Rules of Professional Conduct rule 8.1.1. 

On June 28, 2022, it was alleged that the respondent failed to comply with the reproval conditions given by the State Bar of California.

The filing states:

“Respondent failed to comply with conditions attached to the public reproval administered by the State Bar in Case No. 19-C-30494 as follows, in willful violation of Rules of Professional Conduct, rule 8.1.1 a) Failing to review the Rules of Professional Conduct and Business and Professions Codes sections 6067, 6068, and 6103 through 6126 by April 15, 2020; b) Failing to submit a declaration attesting to his compliance with a review of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the specified Business Professions Codes sections by July 10, 2020; c) Failing to submit the several Quarterly Reports on time.”

The filing continues:

“Failing to submit, with each of the reports set forth above, the required report on abstinence from alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs, and proof of attending a minimum of two abstinence program meetings per month; and Failing to provide proof of successful completion of State Bar Ethics School by March 16, 2021.”

The State Bar of California stated that the conduct of the respondent poses a substantial threat of harm to the interests of his clients and the public. The former gave the respondent the opportunity to file a written answer to the said notice within 20 days after the service of the same. Nevertheless, on February 1, 2023, the Supreme of California issued an order suspending Mr. Kames.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that David Alden James (Respondent), State Bar number 193907, 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 is suspended from the practice of law for the first 60 days of probation;
2. Respondent must comply with the other conditions of probation recommended by the Hearing Department of the State Bar Court in its Order Approving Stipulation filed on October 20, 2022, and;
3. At the expiration of the period of probation, if the Respondent has complied with all conditions of probation, the period of stayed suspension will be satisfied and that suspension will be terminated.”

As of today, Mr. James is listed in the Sausalito Law Firm. He attended the University of California, Davis School of Law. He practices in Sausalito, California. He is licensed in California with license no. 193907. Mr. James’ info can be found on lawyer.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.