Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Also from the California Bar Journal:
[An attorney] was suspended for two years, stayed, and placed on two years of probation with a six-month actual suspension. The order took effect April 23, 2010.
The State Bar Court review department upheld a hearing judge’s findings that [the attorney], who has both medical and law degrees, committed three acts of misconduct — he committed acts of moral turpitude by make false and misleading statements on applications for hospital privileges, did not notify the State Bar of disciplinary action taken against him by the medical board, and he failed to uphold the law.
[His] medical license was revoked in 1999. He was subsequently employed by a law firm, where he represented himself as a doctor, without notifying his employer that his license had been revoked. The Sonoma County District Attorney charged him with three counts of improperly holding himself out as a doctor, but the charges were dismissed after [he] completed a diversion program for misdemeanors.
The review department agreed with the hearing judge’s find that [his] insistence on “his right to use the designation M.D. demonstrates an indifference toward rectification of or atonement for the consequences of his misconduct.” [The attorney], who admitted to the court he has a history of depression and anxiety, also was required to seek mental health treatment.