Douglas Vincent Melson - #147345
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
1243 Sultan Cir
Carson, CA 90746
|Phone Number:||(562) 706-2389|
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||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California Irvine; Irvine CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||USC Law School; Los Angeles CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|3/4/2013||07-O-10106||MPRE Suspension Order [PDF]|
|11/26/2012||07-O-10106||Order re Costs [PDF]|
|4/17/2011||07-O-10106||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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April 17, 2011
DOUGLAS VINCENT MELSON [#147345], 53, of Carson was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on four years of probation with a one-year actual suspension and he was ordered to take the MPRE within one year and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect April 17, 2011.Melson stipulated to four counts of misconduct in two matters.He was hired to prepare a petition for writ of habeas corpus for a client who was sentenced to life in prison after convictions for murder and assault with a deadly weapon. The client’s mother paid him $5,000 and although he prepared a writ, he didn’t file it for four years. He did not respond to the client’s family’s many phone calls. He stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently or respond to his client’s reasonable status requests.In the second matter, Melson was required to keep $8,000 in his trust account, but allowed the balance to fall below that amount repeatedly. He misappropriated $7,900 from the client. He stipulated that he committed acts of moral turpitude and failed to maintain client funds in trust. He eventually reimbursed $8,300.In mitigation, he had no prior discipline record, cooperated with the bar’s investigation, made restitution, had severe family problems, including divorce and custody issues, at the time of the misconduct, and he presented evidence of his good character.