Scott J Bloch is an active member of the California Bar and was admitted 17th November 2009. Scott graduated from University of Kansas SOL.

Lawyer Information

NameScott J Bloch
First Admitted17 November 2009 (11 years, 10 months ago)
StatusActive
Bar Number264559

Contact

Current Email[email protected]
Phone Number202-496-1290
Fax Number202-478-0479

Schools

Law SchoolUniv of Kansas SOL (Lawrence KS)
Undergraduate SchoolUniv of Kansas (Lawrence KS)

Address

Current AddressLaw Offices of Scott J Bloch PA, 1025 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 1000
Washington, DC 20036-5417
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History

6 January 2015Active (6 years, 8 months ago)
5 December 2014Not eligible to practice law in CA (6 years, 9 months ago)
Actual Suspension Delayed 13-C-13866
26 November 2014Active (6 years, 10 months ago)
21 November 2014Not eligible to practice law in CA (6 years, 10 months ago)
Discipline w/actual suspension 13-C-13866
1 August 2013Conviction record transmitted to State Bar Court 13-C-13866 (8 years, 1 month ago)
17 November 2009Admitted to the State Bar of California (11 years, 10 months ago)

Discipline Summaries

April 8, 2015

U.S. government attorney's criminal conviction spurs suspension in California

A former federal government attorney received a 30-day suspension following a criminal conviction that stemmed from his hiring of a private company to wipe three government computers. Scott J. Bloch, [#264559], pleaded guilty in U. S. District Court in Washington in February 2013 to misdemeanor depredation of government property. Last year, a State Bar Court judge found Bloch’s conviction involved moral turpitude and warranted his discipline in California, noting that Bloch had been less than truthful when he was interviewed about his actions by a U.S. House of Representatives committee. Bloch’s suspension took effect Dec. 5 after he asked for and was granted a stay. At the time of his misconduct, Bloch, 56, of Washington, served as special counsel at the U. S. Office of Special Counsel, which is charged with investigating and prosecuting allegations of prohibited personnel practices, such as retaliation against federal government whistleblowers. In March 2005, a complaint was filed against Bloch alleging whistleblower retaliation. As a result of the investigation, Bloch was instructed to keep any and all documents relevant to the complaint. Not long after, Bloch began experiencing what turned out to be ongoing problems with his work-issued laptop. After efforts to fix the problems in-house failed, Bloch took the advice of another employee and hired an outside company called Geeks on Call to do a “seven-level” wipe on his computer. In all, Block instructed company technicians to wipe the hard drives of his and two other former employees’ government laptops. Before they did so, the company put the files, photos and documents on Bloch’s computer onto an encrypted flash drive. After the media reported on the wiping of the computers, Bloch was interviewed by members of the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. During the interviews, Bloch claimed he did not know the other two other computers had been serviced and had not previously heard of a seven-level wipe before the company suggested it. In concluding that Bloch’s actions warranted discipline in California, State Bar Court Judge Lucy Armendariz noted that Bloch knew for years before the interview that he was being investigated and that The Wall Street Journal had reported on the wiping of the computers. “Respondent even wrote a response to The Wall Street Journal’s article,” Armendariz wrote in her decision filed April 8, 2014. “It strains credulity that when respondent appeared before the committee, he did not remember that he had heard of a seven-level wipe and was considering it as a means of resolving his computer problems.”