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James Connolly Mitchell - #87151

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Bar Number: 87151    
Address: Gilleon Law firm
1320 Columbia St Ste 200
San Diego, CA 92101-3436
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Phone Number: (619) 702-8623
Fax Number: (619) 702-6337
e-mail: rqargwe@ersyekmr.orgkqenjs@lcscpj.orgbnil@rka.govpkljnqil@rckqmok.comghoie@fakrcsi.orguergsodlf@beamhdn.orglbueina@aqb.orgcwad@lwlspbwh.orglcifhfbe@ikharuw.govuffh@gequjkw.netgicichg@cjkn.eduplykmijph@kears.orgbotmw@lemkk.govkrqnilop@llkqqcr.eduspmrig@rmb.orgjmppwfbgh@jnl.netajsnmew@cajydgb.orgjim@gilleonlawfirm.comfdbkqbqr@yjqkhrc.orgtafjha@gkyjcd.net 
County: San Diego
Undergraduate School: San Diego State Univ; San Diego CA
District: District 4    
Sections: None Law School: Univ of San Diego SOL; San Diego CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
11/25/2013 Active  
10/26/2013 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
6/29/1979 Admitted to The State Bar of California

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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

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Disciplinary and Related Actions

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10/26/2013 Discipline w/actual suspension 11-O-16372 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

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10/26/2013 11-O-16372 Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]

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October 26, 2013

JAMES CONNOLLY MITCHELL [#87151], 62, of San Diego was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years’ probation with an actual 30-day suspension and ordered to take the MPRE. The order took effect Oct. 26, 2013.

Mitchell stipulated to misconduct in one client matter, including failing to perform legal services with competence, failing to pay the monetary sanctions on time and failing to promptly turn over a client file.

Mitchell was hired in 2009 to defend a man and his company in a collection lawsuit and file a cross-complaint against opposing counsel for alleged legal malpractice. He failed to perform competently by, among other things, not preparing and serving responses to discovery on time, not opposing two motions made against his client and the client’s company, failing to litigate the case, not attending a critical hearing that led to a judgment being entered against his clients and failing to take any action to set aside the default judgment.

Mitchell also disobeyed a court order by not paying $3,600 in monetary sanctions pursuant to two court orders and waited for months after his client fired him to return the client’s file.

In mitigation, Mitchell has no prior record of discipline and entered into a pre-trial stipulation.

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