Charles Edward Smith Jr is an active member of the California Bar and was admitted 4th February 1991. Charles graduated from Armstrong Coll and is now based in Alameda.

Lawyer Information

NameCharles Edward Smith Jr
First Admitted4 February 1991 (28 years, 10 months ago)
StatusActive
Bar Number152034

Contact

Phone Number(510) 843-7628

Schools

Law SchoolArmstrong Coll (Berkeley CA)
Undergraduate SchoolGolden Gate Univ (San Francisco CA)

Address

Current AddressPO Box 24111
Oakland, CA 94623-1111
Current CountyAlameda
Current DistrictDistrict 1
Map

History

11 December 2015Active (4 years ago)
31 January 2011Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA (8 years, 10 months ago)
20 January 2009Active (10 years, 10 months ago)
21 November 2008Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA (11 years ago)
27 April 1998Active (21 years, 7 months ago)
19 June 1997Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA (22 years, 5 months ago)
4 February 1991Admitted to The State Bar of California (28 years, 10 months ago)

Disciplinary and Related Actions

31 January 201105-O-05173
Suspended, failed to pass Prof.Resp.Exam (Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA)
21 November 200805-O-05173
Discipline w/actual suspension (Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA)
5 March 199894-O-18560
Discipline w/actual suspension (Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA)
19 June 199794-O-18560
Ordered inactive (Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA)

Discipline Summaries

November 21, 2008

CHARLES E. SMITH JR. [#152034], 68, of Oakland was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 60-day actual suspension and he was ordered to pay restitution and take the MPRE. If the actual suspension exceeds two years, he must prove his rehabilitation; if it exceeds 90 days, he must comply with rule 9.20. The order took effect Nov. 21, 2008.

The State Bar Court found that Smith committed three acts of misconduct while handling a slip and fall case. Although he filed a complaint, he never served the defendants, claiming the name of the restaurant where the client fell had changed and he could not find another defendant.

Smith attended two case management conferences that were continued and he did not appear at a third, claiming he did not receive notice. He also said he was not notified of an order to pay sanctions, and he failed to appear at five more case management conferences. The case was dismissed with prejudice and Smith was sanctioned $1,250 and referred to the State Bar. He took no further action and did not pay any sanctions because he believes the bar should defend him against the sanctions. He told the bar court he stopped receiving notices about the case from the court and has had problems receiving his mail.

The court found that he failed to perform legal services competently, obey court orders or keep his client informed of developments in her case. It rejected a charge that he abandoned his client.

Smith was disciplined in 1998 for failing to perform legal services competently and abide by an agreement in lieu of discipline.

In mitigation, he presented evidence of community service.

March 5, 1998

CHARLES EDWARD SMITH, JR. [#152034], 57, of Oakland was suspended for six months, stayed, and placed on probation for one year, including 30 days of an actual suspension, effective March 5, 1998. He was ordered to pass the MPRE.

Smith failed to comply with conditions of a 1995 agreement in lieu of discipline, the result of his reckless failure to perform legal services competently in one matter. Having violated the agreement, he was found culpable of failure to render services.

No mitigating circumstances were found. Smith had been admitted to practice only about two years when his misconduct began, which is not considered a sufficient period to show the absence of a prior record of discipline.

In aggravation, he failed to participate in the current matter prior to entry of default. In addition, his misconduct harmed his client.

The bar's trial counsel had originally recommended a 90-day actual suspension with a one-year stayed suspension and two years of probation. However, the bar court hearing department considered that recommendation too severe.

Administrative Actions

1 July 2011Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees (Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA)