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John Douglass Jennings Jr - #52504

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: 52504    
Address: 3655 Nobel Dr Ste 200
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone Number: (858) 457-1224
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: San Diego
Undergraduate School: Univ of Southern Calif; Los Angeles CA
District: District 4    
Sections: None Law School: Univ of San Diego SOL; San Diego CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
5/29/2016 Disbarred  
10/10/2015 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
7/27/2012 Active  
7/3/2012 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
6/2/1972 Admitted to The State Bar of California

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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

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5/29/2016 Disbarment 11-O-12527 Disbarred 
10/10/2015 Ordered inactive 11-O-12527 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

7/3/2012 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

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State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
5/29/2016 11-O-12527 Decision [PDF]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

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May 29, 2016

JOHN DOUGLASS JENNINGS JR. [#52504], 71, of San Diego, was disbarred May 29, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Jennings was found culpable of 10 counts of misconduct that involved a series of improper business transactions with a client totaling $1.4 million. Nine of the counts were for failing to avoid interests adverse to a client, and one count was for failing to perform legal services with competence.

Starting in 2004, Jennings began working for a 78-year-old man advising on estate planning and tax/asset protection. The following year, the client inherited $3 million. Soon after, Jennings entered into a business transaction with the man, but failed to disclose that properties he planned to purchase and fix up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming through his real estate venture would actually be purchased by him and his wife as individuals and that the titles would be held in their names. Over the next several years, Jennings asked the client for a series of other questionable loans for his real estate business venture.

While Jennings initially made quarterly interest payments on the loans, his investments ultimately failed and he declared bankruptcy. By 2010, all of the $1.4 million the client had invested was gone. As a result, the client sued him and recovered $1.7 million through Jennings’ malpractice insurance. The man died in May 2013.

In mitigation, Jennings had no prior record of discipline, entered into a partial stipulation with the State Bar and presented evidence of his good character.

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