In Re: Attorney Thomas Craig Nelson

Filing 13

ORDER Unsealing Proceedings and Dismissing 1 Petition, filed by Standing Committee on Discipline United States District Court Southern District of California. It is ordered that these proceedings are no longer under seal, the Petition is Dismissed and the Clerk of Court is instructed to terminate this action. Signed by Judge Michael M. Anello on 8/31/2012.(All non-registered users served via U.S. Mail Service)(leh)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 In re ATTORNEY THOMAS CRAIG NELSON, CASE NO. 10-CV-1847 MMA (WMc) ORDER UNSEALING PROCEEDINGS AND DISMISSING PETITION 12 13 14 15 16 17 On September 3, 2010, the Standing Committee on Discipline for the United States District 18 Court, Southern District of California (the “Standing Committee”) filed a petition in the above- 19 captioned action for an order to show cause why attorney Thomas Craig Nelson (CA SBN 82506) 20 should not be barred or suspended from the practice of law in this Court for unprofessional 21 conduct and for interim injunctive relief (“Petition”) pursuant to Civil Local Rule 83.5.e. [Doc. 22 No. 1.] The Standing Committee also submitted an ex parte application for a Temporary 23 Restraining Order (“TRO”) [Doc. No. 3] and an ex parte application to file the Petition and 24 application for a TRO under seal. [Doc. No. 2.] On September 9, 2010, the Court granted the ex 25 parte application to file the Petition and application for TRO under seal. [Doc. No. 6.] On 26 September 14, 2010, the Court granted the TRO application and issued an order to show cause 27 (OSC”) why respondent should not be barred or suspended from practicing before the Southern 28 District of California. [Doc. No. 9.] Prior to the OSC hearing, the assigned magistrate judge -1- 10-CV-1847 1 assisted the parties in reaching a settlement, the terms of which were memorialized on the record., 2 and the Petition was stayed pursuant to those terms. [Doc. No. 11.] On September 28, 2010, the 3 Court vacated the OSC hearing. [Doc. No. 12.] 4 On May 17, 2012, the California Supreme Court ordered attorney Thomas Craig Nelson 5 disbarred, effective June 16, 2012. See Nelson on Discipline, 2012 Cal. LEXIS 4907 (Cal. May 6 17, 2012). Nelson is now prohibited from practicing law in the State of California and his name 7 has been stricken from the roll of attorneys. Id. Accordingly, based on the California Supreme 8 Court’s May 17, 2012 Order and pursuant to Civil Local Rule 83.5.e,1 9 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT: 10 1. These proceedings are no longer under seal; 11 2. The Petition is DISMISSED; 12 3. The Clerk of Court is instructed to terminate this action. 13 IT IS SO ORDERED. 14 15 DATED: August 31, 2012 16 17 Hon. Michael M. Anello United States District Judge 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 1 28 Civil Local Rule 83.5.e states in relevant part: “Any investigation or proceeding in accordance with this local rule must not be public unless otherwise ordered by the court or unless and until a disbarment, suspension or public reproval has been administered.” -2- 10-CV-1847

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