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Richter Wong Kong - #96937

Current Status:  Disbarred

This member is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.

See below for more details.

Profile Information

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

Bar Number: 96937    
Address: 388 9th St #250
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone Number: (510) 893-1991
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Alameda
Undergraduate School: Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA
District: District 1    
Sections: None Law School: UC Hastings COL; San Francisco CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
1/19/2017 Disbarred  
10/31/2015 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
2/26/2009 Active  
11/24/2008 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
9/16/2008 Active  
9/7/2008 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
10/9/2003 Active  
9/16/2003 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
11/10/1999 Active  
9/27/1999 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
9/14/1985 Active  
8/5/1985 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
12/16/1980 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

1/19/2017 Disbarment 15-O-11154 Disbarred 
8/7/2016 Ordered inactive 15-O-11154 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
12/25/2015 Ordered inactive 15-O-11154 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
11/24/2008 Actual Suspension Delayed 05-O-01072 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
9/7/2008 Probation with conditions 05-O-01072  
9/7/2008 Discipline w/actual suspension 05-O-01072 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

10/31/2015 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
9/16/2003 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
9/27/1999 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
8/5/1985 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 


Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

State Bar Court Cases

NOTE: The State Bar Court began posting public discipline documents online in 2005. The format and pagination of documents posted on this site may vary from the originals in the case file as a result of their translation from the original format into Word and PDF. Copies of additional related documents in a case are available upon request. Only Opinions designated for publication in the State Bar Court Reporter may be cited or relied on as precedent in State Bar Court proceedings. For further information about a case that is displayed here, please refer to the State Bar Court's online docket, which can be found at: http://apps.statebarcourt.ca.gov/dockets/dockets.aspx

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
1/19/2017 15-O-11154 Decision [PDF]
12/25/2015 15-O-11154 Order re Entry of Default [PDF]
9/7/2008 05-O-01072 Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]
9/7/2008 05-O-01072 Order [PDF]
9/7/2008 05-O-01072 Order [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.

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.


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