On Friday, March 10, 2023, the Supreme Court of California disbarred attorney Kenneth Nel Hamilton after his failure to respond to the notice of disciplinary charges against him alleging his failure to report judicial sanctions.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kenneth Neil Hamilton,” with case no. s277928.

On September 16, 2021, a notice of disciplinary charges was filed against the respondent for his failure to report judicial sanctions, failure to obey a court order, and failure to cooperate in a State Bar investigation.

The filing states:

“Respondent failed to report to the agency charged with attorney discipline, in within 30 days of the time, respondent had knowledge of the imposition of judicial sanctions against the respondent by failing to report to the State Bar the $1,000 in sanctions the court imposed on the respondent on or about January 22, 2020, in connection with People vs. Dario Anguiano, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. VA 14723001, in willful violation of Business and Professions Code section 6068(0)(3).”

The filing continues:

“Respondent disobeyed or violated an order of the court requiring the respondent to do or forbear an act connected with or in the course Of respondent’s profession, which respondent knew was final and binding and which respondent ought in good faith to do or forbear, by failing to comply with the January 22, 2020 sanctions order in People vs. Dario Anguiano, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. VA 14723001, in willful violation of Business and Professions Code section 6103.”

The filing further states:

“Respondent failed to cooperate and participate in a disciplinary investigation pending against the respondent by failing to provide a response to the State Bar’s letters of August 27, 2020, and January 27, 2021, which the respondent received, that requested the respondent’s response to the allegations of misconduct being investigated in case no. 20-0-11614, in willful violation of Business and Professions Code section 6068(i).”

Attached to the notice of disciplinary charges is the order instructing the respondent to file a response on the same or otherwise will be placed on inactive status and will not be permitted to practice law.

On August 24, 2023, the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar petitions the State Bar court to recommend the respondent’s disbarment to the Supreme Court based on the respondent’s failure to appear at trial and failure to have the default set aside or vacated with the time period prescribed.

The filing additionally notes:

“On June 22, 2022, the trial was held. (See State Bar Court file and Declaration of Angie Esquivel attached hereto.) Respondent failed to appear at trial. (See State Bar Court file and Declaration of Angie Esquivel attached hereto.) On that same date, June 22, 2022, the Court issued an Order for Entry of Default for the respondent’s failure to appear at trial (See State Bar Court file and Declaration of Angie Esquivel attached hereto.)”

In lieu of his failure, the State Bar requested the court to recommend to the Supreme Court that the respondent be disbarred. In response, the court granted the request of the former entering an order disbarring the respondent from the practice of law.

The 0rder states:

“The court orders that Kenneth Neil Hamilton (Respondent), State Bar Number 222586, is disbarred from the practice of law and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys. The respondent must make restitution to the following payees or such other recipient as may be designated by the Office of Probation or the State Bar Court (or reimburse the Client Security Fund, to the extent of any payment from the Fund to such payees, in accordance with Business and Professions Code section 6140.5). Reimbursement to the Fund is enforceable as a money judgment and may be collected by the State Bar through any means permitted by law: (l) Gabriel Lara in the amount of $1,750 plus 10 percent interest per year from August 27, 2019; (2) Araceli Sifuentes in the amount of $1,400 plus 10 percent interest per year from August 29, 2019.

Mr. Hamilton attended the Western Sierra Law School, graduating in 2002. He practices in Ventura, California. He is licensed in California. His info can be found on martindale.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.