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James Harvey Tipler - #80748

Current Status:  Not eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)

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Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 80748    
Address: Century Correctional Institution
DC # 217386
400 Tedder Rd
Century, FL 32535
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Non-California
Undergraduate School: Yale Univ; New Haven CT
District: Outside California    
Sections: None Law School: Stanford Univ Law School; Stanford CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Not Eligible To Practice Law
2/15/2008 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
6/23/1978 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

11/25/2013 Interim suspension after conviction 13-C-11542 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
8/24/2011 Notice of Disc Charges Filed in SBCt 11-O-15020  
4/11/2011 Notice of Disc Charges Filed in SBCt 09-J-12252  
1/20/2011 Discipline w/actual suspension 09-PM-13028 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
11/5/2010 Ordered inactive 09-PM-13028 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
2/15/2008 Discipline w/actual suspension 03-C-02219 Not Eligible To Practice Law 

Administrative Actions

7/1/2008 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law 
7/1/2008 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance Not Eligible To Practice Law 


Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

State Bar Court Cases

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DISCLAIMER: Any posted Notice of Disciplinary Charges, Conviction Transmittal or other initiating document, contains only allegations of professional misconduct. The attorney is presumed to be innocent of any misconduct warranting discipline until the charges have been proven.

Effective Date Case Number Description
11/25/2013 10-C-6808 Interim Suspension Order [PDF]
11/25/2013 11-C-14962 Interim Suspension Order [PDF]
11/25/2013 13-C-11542 Interim Suspension Order [PDF]
1/20/2011 09-PM-13028 Opinion [PDF] [WORD]
2/15/2008 03-C-02219 Stipulation [PDF]
2/15/2008 03-C-02219 Modification Order [PDF]
Pending 09-J-12252 Initiating Document [PDF]
Pending 11-O-15020 Initiating Document [PDF]
Pending 13-C-11542 Initiating Document [PDF]
Pending 10-C-6808 Initiating Document [PDF]
Pending 11-C-14962 Initiating Document [PDF]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

Summaries from the California Bar Journal are based on discipline orders but are not the official records. Not all discipline actions have associated CBJ summaries. Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

November 25, 2013

JAMES HARVEY TIPLER [#80748], 63, of Mary Esther, Fla. was placed on interim suspension Nov. 25, 2013, following convictions in Florida for solicitation to commit first-degree murder, the unauthorized practice of law, mail fraud, wire fraud, visa fraud, failure to secure worker’s compensation insurance and racketeering. He was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

January 20, 2011

The probation of JAMES HARVEY TIPLER [#80748], 60, of Mary Esther, Fla., was revoked and he was placed on two years of probation with an actual two-year suspension and until he proves his rehabilitation. He receives credit for the involuntary inactive enrollment that began Nov. 5, 2010. The order took effect Jan. 20, 2011.

Tipler violated the terms of a 2008 disciplinary order. He opposed the bar’s move to revoke his probation with a declaration that the court found defective. He did not appear at the hearing.

Tipler did not file one quarterly report on time and did not file another at all, contact the probation office within 30 days or complete six hours of MCLE in ethics.

Tipler was disciplined six times in Florida and Alabama, beginning in 1992 with an arrest for possession of cocaine. The California discipline was imposed following a misdemeanor conviction in Alabama for interfering with judicial proceedings. In a medical malpractice action, he created the impression that a videotape he offered in evidence was in its original, unedited condition when the tape had in fact been edited.

February 15, 2008

JAMES HARVEY TIPLER [#80748], 57, of Mary Esther, Fla. was suspended for three years, stayed, placed on three years of probation with an actual 15-month suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE, comply with rule 9.20 and prove his rehabilitation. The order took effect Feb. 15, 2008.

Tipler stipulated to five acts of misconduct in three matters.

In 2001, he was convicted in Alabama of interfering with judicial proceedings, a misdemeanor. While representing the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case, he tried to offer a videotape into evidence, creating the impression that the tape was in its original unedited condition. In fact it had been edited, although Tipler said the edited portions were inconsequential.

As a result of the conviction, Tipler was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine and $100 to a victim’s compensation fund.

In another matter, he was suspended from practice in Alabama the same year and was ordered to deposit $487,714.80 into a specified trust account. The money was for payment of a contingency fee alleged to be due to another law firm in a wrongful death action. Tipler did not deposit the money.

In 2005, Tipler was suspended in Alabama for engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice and conduct that adversely reflects on fitness to practice law. While representing a dancer at a strip club on a charge of aggravated assault, he charged the client a fee of $2,300 and entered into an agreement with her that she would receive a $200 credit every time she had sex with him and $400 if she arranged for other women to have sex with him.

Tipler had a previous discipline record in Alabama and Florida.


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