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Christopher John Van Son - #133440

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: 133440    
PO Box 1127
Oak View, CA 93022
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Ventura
Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt Univ; Nashville TN
District: District 2    
Sections: None Law School: Univ of Richmond T C Williams SOL; VA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
2/4/2017 Disbarred  
11/16/2012 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
8/21/2007 Active  
8/16/2007 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
5/6/1988 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.

2/4/2017 Disbarment 15-N-14241 Disbarred 
9/3/2016 Ordered inactive 15-N-14241 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
1/28/2016 Discipline w/actual suspension 11-O-16185 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
5/27/2015 Discipline w/actual suspension 14-PM-03059 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
2/5/2015 Ordered inactive 14-PM-03059 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
10/24/2014 Ordered inactive 11-O-16185 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
7/12/2014 Ordered inactive 14-PM-03059 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
5/28/2014 Petition/Application/Motion filed in SBCt 14-PM-03059  
11/16/2012 Discipline w/actual suspension 11-O-15166 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

7/2/2013 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
8/16/2007 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

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
2/4/2017 15-N-14241 Decision [PDF]
1/28/2016 11-O-16185 Decision [PDF]
5/27/2015 14-PM-3059 Decision [PDF] [WORD]
12/24/2014 11-O-16185 Order re Inactive Enrollment [PDF]
11/16/2012 11-O-15166 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.

January 28, 2016

CHRISTOPHER JOHN VAN SON [#133440], 54, of Oak View, was suspended from the practice of law for 18 months and until he makes restitution. He was also placed on three years’ probation and faces a three-year suspension if he does not comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation. The order took effect Jan. 28, 2016.

Van Son was suspended after his participation in the Alternative Discipline Program was terminated for failing to comply with the conditions of his program plan.

The underlying discipline involves nine client matters. Van Son was found culpable of misconduct that included collecting advanced fees for loan modification services and causing employees to solicit business from prospective clients Van Son did not have a family or prior professional relationship with. He also violated rule 9.20 and failed to promptly return unearned fees, provide clients with a consumer notice stating that it is not necessary to pay a third party to negotiate a loan modification or cooperate with a State Bar investigation.

He also engaged in an act of moral turpitude by mailing out solicitation letters in South Carolina that contained misrepresentations.

He was ordered to pay restitution with interest in six client matters for unearned fees totaling $15,994.

He had one prior record of discipline, a 2012 suspension for seven counts of misconduct including engaging in the unauthorized practice of law in another jurisdiction, failing to perform with competence, abandoning a client, collecting illegal fees and accepting advanced fees to perform mortgage loan modification work.

November 16, 2012

CHRISTOPHER JOHN VanSON [#133440], 50, of Oak View was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with an 18-month actual suspension and he was ordered to make restitution, take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Nov. 16, 2012.

In 2011, VanSon and another lawyer formed Consolidated Litigation Group to process clients for mass joinder litigation and loan modification. The group sent out mailers that resulted in seven California cases for VanSon. He did not negotiate loan modifications for any of them, performed no legal services on their behalf and did not refund any unearned fees. His practice was taken over by the Los Angeles Superior Court and the attorney general won a temporary restraining order against his law office.

He stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently, abandoned his clients and violated state law by accepting advance fees for loan modification work.

VanSon also was employed by clients in five states where he was not licensed to practice. He stipulated that he collected illegal fees from those clients and held himself out as entitled to practice in jurisdictions where he was not licensed.

In mitigation, VanSon had no prior discipline record. He signed on with the Consolidated Litigation Group based on misrepresentations made by another attorney and was not involved in any false advertising. He also provided information to investigators and demonstrated remorse.

VanSon was ordered to make restitution totaling $49,994.

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