Richter Wong Kong - #96937
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
388 9th St #250
Oakland, CA 94607
|Phone Number:||(510) 893-1991|
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||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||UC Hastings COL; San Francisco CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|12/25/2015||15-O-11154||Order re Entry of Default [PDF]|
|9/7/2008||05-O-01072||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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January 19, 2017
RICHTER WONG KONG [#96937], 64, of Oakland, was disbarred Jan. 19, 2017 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court and make restitution.Kong was disbarred for misconduct in three matters. In one matter, he failed to promptly respond to his client’s status inquiries or cooperate with a State Bar disciplinary investigation. He also failed to provide legal services with competence by not arranging for the delivery and disbursement of the settlement funds for his client.In a second matter, he failed to perform any legal services of value on behalf of his clients in their immigration matter, return $2,240 in unearned fees, promptly respond to his client’s status inquiries and respond to letters from a State Bar investigator.In a third matter, he did not promptly respond to a client’s status inquiries, provide an accounting regarding $11,000 in advanced fees he received from a client, return unearned fees or respond to two letters from the State Bar.Kong was disbarred after his default was entered for failing to respond to a notice of disciplinary charges. Because he did not attempt to have the default set aside or vacated, he was disbarred and the charges against him deemed admitted.Kong was ordered to pay $2,240 plus interest in restitution. He had one prior record of discipline.
September 7, 2008
RICHTER WONG KONG [#96937], 56, of Oakland was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 60-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE. If he is actually suspended for more than two years, he must prove his rehabilitation. The order took effect Sept. 7, 2008.Kong stipulated to seven counts of misconduct in three personal injury matters — he failed to perform legal services competently, communicate with clients, promptly pay out client funds, take steps to protect his client after he was fired and he commingled funds in his trust account.In the first, he was hired to file a complaint 14 days before the statute of limitations was due to run out. Although he received the file from the client’s previous lawyer, he did not file a complaint and the case was dismissed. He did not return his client’s many phone calls over the next three years.In another matter, Kong successfully settled the claim of an individual injured in a car accident, but he did not settle a second claim that dragged on for nearly four years. Although the insurance company offered to settle for $15,000, the policy limit, Kong said he wanted to determine the driver’s assets. He did not respond to repeated requests to settle the case and ultimately stopped working on it.Kong handled a personal injury case for a third client who had also filed a workers’ compensation claim on his own. Kong settled the personal injury matter for $5,000 and signed a lien with a workers’ comp carrier, agreeing to set aside $1,380 pending conclusion of the case. The lien was reduced to $1,000 but Kong did not pay it for more than three years, after a complaint was filed with the bar.Kong also did not transfer earned funds from his client trust account, issued checks against the account to pay personal expenses and made three cash withdrawals.In mitigation, he has no prior discipline record, cooperated with the bar’s investigation, had severe financial problems at the time of the misconduct, and he suffers from depression and is seeking therapy through the Lawyer Assistance Program.