On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued a final order disbarring attorney Carolyn Chan from practicing law following her failure to address accusations of misconduct in the representation of client Gabriel Koloszar.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Carolyn Chan,” with case number S283040.

The order comes after Chan failed to respond or defend herself against accusations of misconduct brought forward in a petition for disbarment filed last year by the State Bar of California. According to the petition, Chan neglected to properly represent client Gabriel Koloszar in a legal matter, failing to perform work on his case and keep him informed of updates. She also did not refund a partial payment as promised.

These actions were alleged to violate California laws and rules of professional conduct. Further, the petition stated Chan has a history of two prior disciplinary records from past cases in 2000 and 2019. Aggravating factors noted included the multiple offenses as well as her initial record of discipline almost 20 years ago.

However, mitigating circumstances were also presented regarding the hardships Chan experienced. She was displaced from her home and office due to the devastating 2018 Camp Fire and was undergoing cancer treatment, creating emotional and physical difficulties impacting her practice.

Though served the disbarment petition and contacted by the investigating attorney, Chan did not file a response defending herself or try to set aside the default entered against her. Without presenting a defense, the factual allegations in the petition were deemed admitted.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court ordered Chan to pay $3,500 in restitution to Koloszar along with 10% interest accrued since 2022. She must also pay $5,000 in monetary sanctions to the State Bar of California Client Security Fund. The disbarment means Chan can no longer practice law or represent clients in California.

The order aims to protect the public as well as maintain legal professional standards and trust in the system. It concludes the disciplinary proceedings against Chan, which sought the harshest punishment of disbarment for her unanswered misconduct and failure to participate in addressing the allegations against her.

According to Avvo, Ms. Chan was an attorney in Chico, California. She obtained her law license in California in 1990.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.