JOHN BALENT RECEIVES DISCIPLINE
FROM THE STATE BAR AGAIN INCLUDING:
2 YEARS STAYED SUSPENSION
2 YEARS PROBATION AND
60 DAYS ACTUAL SUSPENSION
UPDATE AS OF JUNE 22, 2015:
JOHN BALENT WAS SUPSPENDED FOR 60 DAYS EFFECTIVE ON APRIL 28, 2015.
John Balent has received the following disciplinary action from the State Bar:
2 YEARS STAYED SUSPENSION, 2 YEARS PROBATION AND 60 DAYS ACTUAL SUSPENSION!
John Balent received his most recent discipline from the California Bar as a result of a an investigation into a complaint filed by one of the authors of this website. Whereas John Balent to date has managed to avoid being charged with any of the complaints made against him by one of the authors of this website, during the State Bar's investigation they discovered 3 will violations of Rule 4-100 of the Rules of Professional Conduct regarding his Client Trust Account (Basically he mixed Client's Trust funds with his own). In what appears to be an attempt to avoid something closer to a 90 day suspension, John Balent Stipulated to this lastest wrongdoing and received a two year stayed suspension, two years probation (Effective April 2, 2015) and 60 days actual suspension, making him ineligable to practice law between April 28, 2015 through approximately June 28, 2015. In addition John Balent must do the following:
John Balent must submit written quarterly reports to the Office of Probation on each January 10, April 10,
July 10, and October 10 of the period of probation. Under penalty of perjury.
John Balent must Provide to the Office of
Probation satisfactory proof of attendance at a session of the Ethics School, and passage of the test given
at the end of that session. (Note: This is the 2nd time John Balent has been ordered to Ethics School due to his unethical practices)
John Balent must provide proof of passage of
the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination ("MPRE"), administered by the National
Conference of Bar Examiners, to the Office of Probation during the period of actual suspension or within
one year, whichever period is longer. Failure to pass the MPRE results in actual suspension without
further hearing until passage.
John Balent must within one (1) year of the effective date of the discipline, must supply to the Office of
Probation satisfactory proof of attendance at a session of the Ethics School Client Trust Accounting School,
within the same period of time, and passage of the test given at the end of that session.
John Balent was ordered to pay at least $2,992 in prosecution costs.
If you visit his the California State Bar" website you can view a PDF of what he did (Towards the bottom of the page) along with his Suspension and Probation dates and membership status.
If you visit the State Bar Court website and enter case number 13-O-17053 or John Balent's name in the search fields you will be able to view the State Bar Court record of that case. For more info feel free to email us
or call 714 393-4164.
This website cannot stress enough that if you have been wronged by John Balent, NOW is the time to be filing a complaint with the California State Bar as he is on their radar and another complaint could reinstate the 2 year stayed suspension or perhaps even cause his disbarrment. Just imagine all of those like yourself who could have been saved the possible torment brought onto your life's had John Balent had already been on an actual 2 year suspension or already disbarred. You not only help yourself, you help others to not have the same bad experiences you may have had by hiring John Balent. DO NOT ALLOW JOHN BALENT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU OR KEEP A DIME OF YOUR MONEY WITHOUT DOING EXACTLY WHAT YOU HIRED HIM TO DO AT HIRE AND UNDER THE TERMS YOU UNDERSTOOD WHEN YOU HIRED HIM!