West Hollywood attorney Jay Mitchell Vogel faces a likely disbarment for failure to participate in a disciplinary proceeding with the California State Bar.
In a Nov. 27 ruling, first reported by the Northern California Record, a website that covers the legal system, the state bar court said Vogel was served on Nov. 1, 2016, with a notice that he faced charges of violating the State Bar’s code of professional conduct by failing to give an accounting to the mother of one of his clients about $4,000 he had been paid in advance.
The ruling said that Vogel was served with a second notice on Nov. 16, and that in December 2016 the state bar attempted to reach Vogel by telephone and left a voice mail message that he did not respond to. His failure to respond led to the state bar court in January putting Vogel on the “involuntary inactive enrollment” list, which means he was not allowed to practice law until the issue was resolved.
In its decision, the state bar said that Vogel had been in contact with representatives of the state bar on three occasions since inactive enrollment. He said he had been “working on a motion to vacate the entry of default,” but had been unable to finish it because of health issues.
According to the Northern California Record, “the state bar’s decision is pending final action by the California Supreme Court, an appeal before the state bar’s review department or expiration of time in which parties may request further review within the state bar court.”
Vogel graduated from law school at UCLA School of Law and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1988.
As of publication, WEHOville has been unable to reach Vogel for comment.