SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge for the State Bar of California is recommending that a prominent San Francisco environmental attorney be disbarred for killing his Rossmoor neighbor while driving drunk in 2011.

Robert David Wyatt, 72, of Walnut Creek, pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the Dec. 10, 2011, death of 85-year-old Edward Phillips.

Phillips was waiting for a shuttle in the gated senior community when he was fatally struck by Wyatt's Bentley. Wyatt, who had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit at 0.18, was sentenced in June to three years of formal probation, 90 days of electronic home detention and 50 hours of community service.

Wyatt is a senior partner at the Allen Matkins law firm's San Francisco office, and formerly served as Western regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following his conviction, the state bar held a disciplinary hearing to determine whether Wyatt should be sanctioned over the conviction.

This month, a state bar court hearing judge said Wyatt should be disbarred because the circumstances surrounding his conviction involved moral turpitude.

Wyatt can contest the decision, which would not become effective until it's approved by the California Supreme Court, said state bar spokeswoman Laura Ernde.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.


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