Jon Michael Alexander - #129207
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
PO Box 61
Fort Dick, CA 95538-0061
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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
State Bar Court Cases
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|11/21/2014||11-O-12821||Opinion [PDF] [WORD]|
|5/21/2011||03-O-01010||Decision [PDF] [WORD]|
|5/21/2011||03-O-01010||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
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 21, 2014
JON M. ALEXANDER [#129207], 66, of Crescent City, was disbarred Nov. 21, 2014 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. A hearing judge recommended Alexander’s disbarment finding that while serving as the district attorney of Del Norte County he engaged in an ex parte meeting with a defendant who was represented by counsel in a pending criminal matter. Alexander appealed to the Review Department, claiming among other things that he was the victim of malicious prosecution by the Office of Chief Trial Counsel and that the judge was biased. In upholding the hearing judge’s recommendation, a three-judge review panel wrote that Alexander did not prove judicial bias and that “the high standard of conduct expected of prosecutors, who act as the gatekeepers to the fair administration of justice, was lacking in this case.” In addition to finding that Alexander engaged in an ex parte meeting with the defendant without the permission of the defendant’s attorney, the hearing judge concluded that Alexander committed acts of moral turpitude because he didn’t tell anyone about the meeting and denied it occurred when a prosecutor asked him about it. When presented with a surreptitious recording made of his communication with the defendant, he then claimed to have forgotten about the conversation. In mitigation, Alexander submitted extensive evidence of his good character and involvement in community service. Alexander had three prior records of discipline. In 1996, he received a private reproval for failing to comply with the terms of an Agreement in Lieu of Discipline that followed misdemeanor convictions for driving without a driver’s license and driving with a suspended license. In 2003, in default matters in two cases, Alexander was found to have practiced law while not entitled, committed an act of moral turpitude and failed to return unearned fees, cooperate with the bar’s investigation or maintain a current address with the bar. In 2011, he was suspended for misconduct in three matters, including failures to perform legal services competently, respond to reasonable client status inquiries, return a client file, refund unearned fees or to inform a client of significant developments in his case. He also improperly communicated with a judge and engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.
May 21, 2011
JON MICHAEL ALEXANDER [#129207], 63, of Crescent City was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on three years of probation with a 60-day actual suspension and he was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. He received credit for two months of inactive enrollment in 2006-07. The order took effect May 21, 2011.Alexander successfully completed the Alternative Discipline Program after establishing a connection between his misconduct and his substance abuse. He stipulated to misconduct in three matters, including failures to perform legal services competently, respond to reasonable client status inquiries, return a client file, refund unearned fees or inform a client of significant developments in his case and he improperly communicated with a judge and engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. Alexander appeared in court and performed legal services for clients while suspended. When he was a deputy district attorney in Del Norte County, and when he was suspended, he wrote an eight-page letter to the sentencing judge in a criminal case he had handled. He did not provide a copy to the defendant’s attorney and stipulated that he improperly communicated with a judge about a contested matter pending before the judge.He also represented a criminal defendant on two habeas petitions the client filed against Pelican Bay state prison. The man was transferred to another facility, making his petitions moot. Although Alexander had the petitions dismissed, he did not notify the client or respond to his numerous inquiries about the status of his complaints.Alexander was privately reproved in 1993 for driving with a suspended license and he was suspended in a 2003 default case after the State Bar Court found that he practiced law while not entitled, failed to return unearned fees, cooperate with the bar’s investigation or maintain a current address with the bar, and he committed an act of moral turpitude.In mitigation, he cooperated with the bar’s investigation, had severe financial and physical problems, was the primary caregiver for his mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and he performed extensive pro bono work and community service.
December 18, 2003
JON MICHAEL ALEXANDER [#129207], 56, of Laguna Beach was suspended for two years, stayed, actually suspended for six months and until he makes restitution and the State Bar Court grants a motion to terminate the suspension, and he was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 955. If the actual suspension exceeds two years, he must prove his rehabilitation. The order took effect Dec. 18, 2003.In default matters in two cases, the bar court found that Alexander practiced law while not entitled, failed to return unearned fees, cooperate with the bar’s investigation or maintain a current address with the bar, and he committed an act of moral turpitude.In the first case, he represented a criminal defendant who learned from the district attorney the day before her scheduled arraignment that she would not be charged. Alexander had never communicated with the D.A. or the police concerning the allegations. He did not return the client’s subsequent phone calls or return her $4,500 advance fee.Alexander also made court appearances on behalf of two clients while he was suspended for failing to pay his bar dues. As a result, the court issued a stayed bench warrant for Alexander’s clients. When he and the clients failed to appear for a hearing, the court issued the warrants. The next day, Alexander appeared on behalf of the clients, said he had been reinstated and the court recalled the warrants.Alexander was privately reproved in 1996 as the result of a conviction for driving with a suspended license.