Public Records indicate that Attorney John Balent was sanctioned by then Commissioner
Elisabeth Sichel (Now Judge Sichel) for his submitting a Judgment for her signature
that contained information contradictory to her rulings which resulted in the loss
of health care insurance for his client's spouse. Commissioner Sichel then imposed
sanctions against Mr. Balent in the amount of $1100.00
Given Public Records indicate a pattern of misconduct, It is suspected
that Mr. Balent may have been sanctioned other times, but to date such public records
have not been located (But we are continuing to look).
As a current or potential client of Mr. Balent you should ask yourself
if you wish to be represented by an attorney who was sanctioned for submitting
a false judgment to the court.
Below is a copy of a complaint filed by the California State Bar Court (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required) against
Mr. Balent as a result of his failure to report this sanction pursuant to
California Business & Professions Code Section 6068(O)(3), which triggered an
investigation by the State Bar. Under the terms of Mr. Balent's previous
Public Reproval with duties imposed by the State Bar Court regarding Mr. Balent's
previous misconduct matter, Mr. Balent was required to report any such
Sanction to the State Bar within 30 days. Naturally, Mr. Balent failed to do so.