Attorney Licensee Profile
Carlos Miguel Alcala #87094
License Status: Not Eligible to Practice Law (Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance)
Address: 335 Woodhaven Pl, West Sacramento, CA 95605
County: Yolo County
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
Email: Not Available
Law School: Harvard Univ Law School; Cambridge MA
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September 29, 2000
CARLOS MIGUEL ALCALA [#87094], 52, of Sacramento was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on 18 months of probation with an actual 90-day suspension and was ordered to comply with rule 955. The order took effect Sept. 29, 2000.Alcala stipulated to misconduct in four consolidated matters.In the first, he entered into a confidential settlement agreement with a client who had complained about him to the State Bar. The client agreed that the terms of the settlement would not be reported to the bar, a violation of the Business & Professions Code.In the second matter, he filed a frivolous argument in an appeal, and referred to declarations or affidavits which had been excluded from evidence. His behavior constituted a failure to perform legal services competently.He filed a frivolous appeal in another case, and was sanctioned $2,250 for filing another lawsuit in the wrong venue. He neither paid the sanctions nor reported them to the State Bar.Alcala has been disciplined five times previously, including two public reprovals, one for failing to attend ethics school and the other for allowing an employee to sign a false declaration under penalty of perjury, and a private reproval for pursuing a moot appeal and an improper default and for frivolously opposing a motion to set aside the default.He also was suspended in 1992 and 1998. His misconduct in those two matters included failing to perform legal services competently, report court sanctions or abide by a court order, for signing and submitting an inaccurate declaration to the court. A lawsuit he filed was dismissed for failure to prosecute and he did not notify his clients of the dismissal. He then filed an appeal without authorization but did not properly prosecute the appeal.In mitigation, two clients said they were satisfied with Alcala’s work; the individual who originally complained about him withdrew the complaint. In the sanctions matter, he mistakenly believed he did not have to report the sanction until his appeal was exhausted.Alcala cooperated with the bar’s investigation, he has a history of pro bono work, and he submitted letters attesting to his good character.
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