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Charles Gadsden Kinney - #66428

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: 66428    
Address: 5826 Presley Way
Oakland, CA 94618
Phone Number: (510) 654-5133
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Alameda
Undergraduate School: Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA
District: District 1    
Sections: None Law School: UC Hastings COL; San Francisco CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
6/24/2016 Disbarred  
12/15/2014 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
12/18/1975 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

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

6/24/2016 Disbarment 09-O-18100 Disbarred 
12/15/2014 Ordered inactive 09-O-18100 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

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State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
6/24/2016 09-O-18100 Opinion [PDF] [WORD]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

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June 24, 2016

Judge calls disbarred attorney ‘relentless bully’

A San Francisco Bay Area attorney described as a “relentless bully” for the numerous meritless lawsuits he filed to pursue his and his clients’ grievances, has been stripped of his license to practice law.

A three-judge State Bar Court review panel ordered CHARLES GADSEN KINNEY [#66428], 66, of Oakland, disbarred June 24, 2016, noting his “previously unblemished” 31 years of practicing law did not at all make up for his egregious misconduct.

“We recommend Kinney’s disbarment as the only discipline adequate to protect the public, the courts and the legal profession,” Review Judge Richard A. Honn wrote on behalf of the panel.

Kinney’s misconduct – and the array of frivolous lawsuits that surrounded it – stemmed from two separate disputes between neighbors over residential property.

In the fall of 2005, Kinney and Kimberly Jean Kempton purchased a home in Los Angeles as tenants in common. From June 2006 to May 2009, they brought six lawsuits over a fence and a driveway against their neighbors, including an 18-year-old boy, the previous owner of the house and her real estate broker and the city of Los Angeles.

Though he repeatedly lost the cases and was slapped with thousands of dollars in sanctions and reprimands, Kinney and Kempton repeatedly appealed each case unsuccessfully. As a result, the neighbors were forced to spend thousands of dollars defending the suits and lived under constant fear and stress, Honn wrote.

In an Aug. 7, 2007 statement of decision in the case, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Grimes wrote that Kinney acted with “unclean hands,” noting he had concerns before buying the house but made no effort to resolve his issues with his neighbors before filing the lawsuits.

“He has not committed fraud or theft, which is ordinarily the case when courts find unclean hands. Yet he robbed his neighbors of the peace and sanctuary of their homes, and ‘mocked the system’ with his baseless litigation against the city and its citizens, the judge wrote.”

In addition, a couple hired Kinney to represent them after they were sued for blocking construction on an easement on which their neighbors were lawfully trying to build. Though the neighbors ultimately got a permanent injunction preventing Kinney’s clients from interfering with their use of the easement, Kinney twice tried to appeal but was unsuccessful because he had no basis for doing so. He also filed a petition for review in the California Supreme Court that was denied.


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