Christopher John Van Son - #133440
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
LAW OFFICES OF CHRISTOPHER J. VAN SON
PO Box 1127
Oak View, CA 93022
|Phone Number:||Not Available|
|Fax Number:||Not Available|
||Undergraduate School:||Vanderbilt Univ; Nashville TN|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Univ of Richmond T C Williams SOL; VA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
|Effective Date||Description||Case Number||Resulting Status|
|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.
State Bar Court Cases
NOTE: The State Bar Court began posting public discipline documents online in 2005. The format and pagination of documents posted on this site may vary from the originals in the case file as a result of their translation from the original format into Word and PDF. Copies of additional related documents in a case are available upon request. Only opinions designated for publication in the State Bar Court Reporter may be cited or relied on as precedent in State Bar Court proceedings. For further information about a case that is displayed here, please refer to the State Bar Court's online docket, which can be found at: http://apps.statebarcourt.ca.gov/dockets.aspx
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|
|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.
February 4, 2017
CHRISTOPHER JOHN VAN SON [#133440], 55, of Oak View, was disbarred Feb. 4, 2017 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.Van Son did not file a declaration of compliance with rule 9.20 by deadline. He was required to file the declaration following his suspension for failing to submit quarterly reports to probation on time, take six hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education or attend ethics and trust accounting school.He was also suspended in 2012. He cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation and submitted good character declarations from three attorneys.
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.