James Harvey Tipler - #80748
Current Status: Not eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)
See below for more details.
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
PO Box 10
Mary Esther, FL 32569
|Phone Number:||(850) 244-1244|
|Fax Number:||Not Available|
||Undergraduate School:||Yale Univ; New Haven CT|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Stanford Univ Law School; Stanford CA|
|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|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law
State Bar Court Cases
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|1/20/2011||09-PM-13028||Opinion [PDF] [WORD]|
|2/15/2008||03-C-02219||Modification Order [PDF]|
|Pending||09-J-12252||Initiating Document [PDF]|
|Pending||11-O-15020||Initiating Document [PDF]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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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The probation of JAMES HARVEY TIPLER [#80748], 60, of Mary Esther, Fla., was revoked and he was placed on two years of probation with an actual two-year suspension and until he proves his rehabilitation.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.