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David Anthony Harper - #112993

Current Status:  Disbarred

This member is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.

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Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 112993    
Address: 2015 W Cheyenne Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Non-California
Undergraduate School: Univ of Florida; Gainesville FL
District: Outside California    
Sections: None Law School: Santa Clara Univ SOL; Santa Clara CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
11/20/2016 Disbarred  
3/21/2014 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
1/7/1998 Active  
12/31/1996 Inactive  
7/1/1988 Active  
1/1/1986 Inactive  
5/17/1984 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

11/20/2016 Disbarment 15-O-12442 Disbarred 
5/27/2016 Ordered inactive 15-O-12442 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
10/19/2015 Ordered inactive 15-O-12442 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
4/28/2015 Suspended, failed to pass Prof.Resp.Exam 12-J-10708 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
3/21/2014 Discipline w/actual suspension 12-J-10708 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

This member has no public record of administrative actions.

Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

State Bar Court Cases

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DISCLAIMER: Any posted Notice of Disciplinary Charges, Conviction Transmittal or other initiating document, contains only allegations of professional misconduct. The attorney is presumed to be innocent of any misconduct warranting discipline until the charges have been proven.

Effective Date Case Number Description
11/20/2016 15-O-12442 Decision [PDF]
10/19/2015 15-O-12442 Order re Entry of Default [PDF]
4/28/2015 12-J-10708 MPRE Suspension Order [PDF]
3/21/2014 12-J-10708 Opinion [PDF] [WORD]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

Summaries from the California Bar Journal are based on discipline orders but are not the official records. Not all discipline actions have associated CBJ summaries. Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

November 20, 2017

DAVID ANTHONY HARPER [#112993], 63, of Colorado Springs, was disbarred Nov. 20, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Harper’s default was entered after he did not file a response to a notice of disciplinary charges alleging that he failed to complete Ethics School as required by the terms of his disciplinary probation. Because he did not move to have the default set aside or vacated within 90 days as required under rule 5.85 of the State Bar’s Rules of Procedure, he was disbarred and the charges against him deemed admitted.

He had one prior record of discipline.

March 21, 2014

DAVID ANTHONY HARPER [#112993], 60, of Maitland, Fla. was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on one year of probation with an actual 90-day suspension and ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect March 21, 2014.

In 2011, Harper was suspended for 91 days in Florida, where he is also licensed to practice law, based on unsubstantiated accusations he made in disqualification motions against four Florida judges as well as other misrepresentations he made to the court. A State Bar Court hearing judge found that Harper’s Florida suspension warranted discipline in California and recommended a 90-day suspension.

In upholding the hearing judge’s recommendation, a three-judge review panel noted that Harper received due process and that the judge’s ruling “presents a careful, eminently fair, and objective rendition of the record and soundly applies the governing law.

“Harper’s misrepresentations and unfounded attacks against judges show his lack of appreciation for the ethical requirements of the legal profession,” the panel wrote.

In the case that led to his discipline, Harper represented his mother in a lawsuit she filed against United States Automobile Association. In 2008, he got into a relatively minor dispute with opposing counsel over his failure to properly coordinate the date and time of a hearing on a motion. The matter “quickly and inexplicably escalated into Harper’s relentless campaign against the judges in Seminole County.” Over the course of 10 months, from June 2008 to April 2009, Harper filed at least 10 pleadings seeking to disqualify four judges who were assigned sequentially to the case. All of the pleadings contained serious accusations of bias that were unfounded.

Harper also made misrepresentations to the Florida appellate court. In a petition to disqualify one judge, for instance, he misrepresented the judge’s previous rulings by quoting only portions of her sworn testimony in response to the petition to disqualify. By taking her testimony out of context, it completely changed the meaning.

The panel assigned some mitigation to his 27 years of practicing law without discipline.

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