Van Oliver Kinney - #79623
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Law Office of Van O Kinney
1388 Court St Ste G
Redding, CA 96001
|Phone Number:||(530) 244-4661|
|Fax Number:||(530) 244-4685|
||Undergraduate School:||See Registration Card;|
||Law School:||Mid Valley COL; CA|
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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|9/25/2012||07-O-12888||Order Terminating Suspension [PDF]|
|7/23/2012||07-O-12888||MPRE Suspension Order [PDF]|
|6/18/2011||07-O-12888||Decision [PDF] [WORD]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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June 18, 2011
VAN OLIVER KINNEY [#79623], 63, of Redding was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 90-day 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 June 18, 2011.The State Bar Court hearing department heard consolidated charges against Kinney, including three misdemeanor convictions for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving (alcohol-related), and driving with a suspended license, as well as charges of failing to refund unearned fees in two client matters, improperly using his client trust account for personal purposes, and engaging in acts involving moral turpitude by issuing three insufficiently funded checks on his client trust account. Following a five-day trial, the court found Kinney guilty of everything but moral turpitude.In addition to the convictions, Kinney was charged with misconduct in two client matters. The first was a dissolution for which the client paid an “advance retainer” of $5,000, one-half non-refundable and one-half to be used for fees and costs. The client fired Kinney six months later and asked for a detailed accounting and a refund of any unused fees. Kinney did not provide a full accounting, so the client asked for the return of the full $5,000. He didn’t refund any money, so the client complained to the bar. Kinney eventually returned $1,200 to the client, although he disputed that he owed that amount. At the time, he also used his client trust account to pay personal expenses, but the bar court did not find that he committed acts of moral turpitude.In a second matter, a couple retained Kinney to represent them in an adoption, paying a $2,500 advance retainer. Again, half was non-refundable and the remainder was to pay fees and costs. The couple terminated Kinney’s services a few months later and asked for a refund; he provided $470 but still owed $1,250. He refunded the full amount about a year after the clients’ initial request.In mitigation, Kinney had no discipline record in 32 years of practice, no clients were harmed, he submitted extensive good character evidence and does about 1,000 hours of volunteer work each year. He also modified his fee agreement and no longer uses his trust account as his personal account.