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Frank Russell Wilson - #185591

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This member is active and may practice law in California.

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Profile Information

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Bar Number: 185591    
Address: 4040 Civic Center Dr Ste 200
San Rafael, CA 94903
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Phone Number: (415) 845-9122
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: yethdl@jkold.comoqicon@cby.govgfuubqw@phdggym.edugdcohtepa@yspfm.govoonttqky@cpfoc.netycbainqg@rhpoydp.comhwmdehwi@dwdic.comykbwpkqby@gpjfh.netoynrcnkrn@nfjimgi.netukjsgyp@cumtltn.comfwuyst@alnfgkqi.comnjieiq@huf.govqpfy@elhf.edufrw.net@gmail.comaqgnd@aqkha.netmqqw@ccse.orgueed@yicnbsg.netfppihunjy@kqgeejn.combiwtfba@ddsc.eduqukoqes@rlcpragl.edu 
County: Marin
Undergraduate School: Univ of California Davis; Davis CA
District: District 1    
Sections: None Law School: California Western SOL; San Diego CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
3/9/2009 Active  
1/23/2009 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
12/16/1996 Admitted to The State Bar of California

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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

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1/23/2009 Discipline w/actual suspension 06-O-13019 Not Eligible To Practice Law 

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Effective Date Case Number Description
1/23/2009 06-O-13019 Stipulation [PDF]
1/23/2009 06-O-13019 Order [PDF]
Pending 06-O-13019 Stipulation [PDF]

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January 23, 2009

FRANK RUSSELL WILSON [#185591], 40, of San Diego was suspended for 18 months, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 45-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Jan. 23, 2009.

Wilson stipulated that as a juror in a felony trial, he failed to maintain respect due to the courts by not disclosing that he is an attorney and he improperly posted comments about the trial on his blog.

Wilson was impaneled on a jury hearing a trial in which the defendant faced five felony burglary charges. He had closed his law practice prior to the beginning of the trial and worked for a wireless communication technology firm. He did not disclose during voir dire that he was an attorney.

The judge cautioned jurors not to discuss the case both in writing and orally. Nonetheless, Wilson posted an entry on his blog that identified the crimes, the first name of the defendant and the name of the judge, whom he described as “a stern, attentive woman with thin red hair and long, spidery fingers that as a grandkid you probably wouldn’t want snapped at you.”

He also noted, “Nowhere do I recall the jury instructions mandating I can’t post comments in my blog about the trial. (Ha. Sorry, will do.) So, being careful to not prejudice the rights of the defendant — a stout, unhappy man by the first name of Donald …”

Wilson’s action resulted in the court of appeal vacating the judgment in the case and remanding it back to the trial court.

In mitigation, he cooperated with the bar’s investigation and he had no prior discipline record.


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