BAR COMPLAINTS AND DISCIPLINARY
ACTION BY THE STATE BAR COURT
AGAINST JOHN BALENT

UPDATE: October 13, 2015

JOHN BALENT IS ONCE AGAIN BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR!

Thanks to the efforts & determination of this website, John Balent is once again under investigation by the California State Bar for Misconduct. This new & continuing investigation began just 3 weeks after John Balent's reinstatment from his recent 60 day Suspension from the Practice of Law. This also comes just days after John Balent was required to file the first of 8 quarterly probation reports to his assigned probation officer that he must submit during his current 2 years probation. This website is hopeful that this new investigation will result in the revocation of John Balent's Probation and restore his 2 years stayed suspension and/or disbar him from practicing law.
We will provide more details of what unehtical conduct John Balent committed this time in the coming weeks.



According to Public Records John Balent has two previous Bar Complaints filed against him. The first one resulted in his being disciplined by the California State Bar Court with a Public Reproval With Duties for a period of one year for violating Section 6068 of the Business and Professions Code. Mr. Balent apparently wrote up a Notice of Ruling which conflicted with a Judge's Minute Order, causing opposing counsel to file an objection which resulted in the Judge having to declare a mistrial in a divorce case that had already begun. According to the State Bar Court ruling, the appropriate discipline for violating Section 6068 of the Business and Professions Code is disbarment or suspension. However, noting previous supporting authorities, Mr. Balent was given a 1 year Public Reproval with Duties, including being ordered to attend ethics school and past the exam.

You can review more specifically what Mr. Balent did by viewing a certified copy of the
State Bar Court's Ruling on This Matter by Clicking Here (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required)


John Balent's second Bar Complaint arose over an issue regarding the same case as his first complaint when Mr. Balent's error caused a Commissioner to sign an erroneous judgment that resulted in the opposing party losing their health insurance. The Commissioner would later grant a request for Judicial Sanctions against Mr. Balent, who under the terms of his previous bar complaint was required to report such a Judicial Sanction to the State Bar within 30 days and Mr. Balent failed to do so, which caused the State Bar Court to open an investigation and file a second action against Mr. Balent.

To be fair, this second Bar Complaint was later dismissed about 3 years later and therefore, Mr. Balent was not disciplined for this complaint as it appears the State Bar Court decided to cut him a break on this offense. However, what consumers should take away from this is that the California State Bar Court was concerned enough about Mr. Balent's action to open an investigation and file a complaint against Mr. Balent. Consumers should also note that Mr. Balent makes mistakes that cause harm to others and the court took notice and Sanctioned him for his actions. This website suspects that Mr. Balent has had other Sanctions in his legal career, but for the time being this is the only one for which we can show Public records.

You can review more specifically what Mr. Balent did by viewing a certified copy of the
State Bar Court's complaint & ruling on This matter by Clicking Here (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required)

Former, current and potential clients of John Balent should consider filing their own Bar complaints against John Balent if they feel Mr. Balent has acted unethically. Current and potential clients should ask themselves if they wish to be represented by an attorney with multiple Bar complaints.