MAGAZINE
California Lawyer

DISBARMENT

Felicia F. Blakley, State Bar #139374, San Diego (November 13, 2013). Blakley, 52, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so, and failing to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect December 13, 2013
William H. Bullis, State Bar #99160, Vallejo (October 29, 2013). Bullis, 59, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. He was charged with failing to competently perform legal services, failing to respond to client inquiries, failing to render appropriate accounts, failing to release a client’s file, failing to refund unearned fees, improperly withdrawing from employment, and failing to obey a court order. The order took effect November 28, 2013
Michael D. Crockett, State Bar #228124, Hermosa Beach (October 29, 2013). Crockett, 41, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so, and failing to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect November 28, 2013
Patricia M. Cullen, State Bar #202477, Acton (December 20, 2013). Cullen, 70, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so, and failing to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect January 10, 2014
Fabrice J. Desbrosses, State Bar #175640, La Mesa (November 13, 2013). Desbrosses, 48, was disbarred for violating rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

In aggravation, Desbrosses had a record of prior discipline. In mitigation, Desbrosses cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect December 13, 2013

Gustavo Diaz, State Bar #225402, Lancaster (October 29, 2013). Diaz, 45, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. He was charged with failing to obey a court order, failing to competently perform legal services, and failing to cooperate with a State Bar investigation. The order took effect November 28, 2013
J. Randy Dorcy, State Bar #170620, Costa Mesa (November 20, 2013). Dorcy, 50, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. He was charged with 16 counts of misconduct in five separate matters. The charges included failing to competently perform legal services, accepting advance fees in loan-modification matters, a violation of Civil Code § 2944.7(a); failing to respond to client inquiries; improperly withdrawing from employment; failing to refund unearned fees; failing to cooperate with a State Bar investigation; and failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect December 20, 2013
John E. Engel, State Bar #153043, Carlsbad (December 11, 2013). Engel, 57, was disbarred for failing to maintain client funds in trust and misappropriating funds.

In aggravation, Engel’s misconduct caused his client significant financial hardship. In mitigation, Engel had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1991. Also, he cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 10, 2014

Jana L. Gill, State Bar #248948, Truckee (October 29, 2013). Gill, 51, was disbarred for misappropriating client trust funds, an act involving moral turpitude, dishonestly, or corruption.

Beginning in April 2006, Gill served as trustee for the Nevis Family Trust. However, while serving as trustee Gill repeatedly disbursed funds to herself without authorization, as well as to her husband and to third parties, all for her own benefit.

In August 2010 Gill entered into a settlement agreement with the Nevis Family Trust regarding her misuse of trust funds. However, after two months of making payments, Gill stopped. In July 2011 a trial court entered a civil judgment of $101,566.74 against Gill.

In aggravation, Gill’s misconduct significantly harmed her client. She committed multiple acts of wrongdoing, and showed indifference toward rectification of or atonement for her misconduct. The order took effect November 28, 2013

John S. Haw, State Bar #194869, Aliso Viejo (December 18, 2013). Haw, 53, was disbarred following his conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption.

In May 2013 Haw pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud involving deprivation of honest services (18 U.S.C. §§ 1341/1346), felonies involving moral turpitude. The conviction is now final, and the State Bar has concluded that it met the criteria for summary disbarment. The order took effect January 17, 2014

Raymond G. Hellwig, State Bar #100897, Alhambra (December 18, 2013). Hellwig, 62, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. He was charged with failing to competently perform legal services, failing to maintain client funds in trust, misappropriating funds, issuing checks against insufficient funds, making misrepresentations, and failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect January 17, 2014
Karen S. Hull, State Bar #176063, San Francisco (October 29, 2013). Hull, 55, was disbarred for failing to maintain client funds in trust and committing acts involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, Hull’s misconduct significantly harmed her client. In mitigation, Hull had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1995. Also, she cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect November 28, 2013

David H. Loomis, State Bar #110940, Victorville (December 9, 2013). Loomis, 64, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. Loomis had been charged with violating rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

In aggravation, Loomis had a record of prior discipline. The order took effect January 8, 2014

Gary R. Matta, State Bar #230483, Carmichael (October 29, 2013). Matta, 42, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. Matta had been charged with 21 counts of misconduct that included failing to communicate with a client, failing to inform the client of significant developments in his case, failing to return unearned fees, failing to release a client file, and failing to update State Bar membership records. The order took effect November 28, 2013
John A. Morrison, State Bar #202706, Seal Beach (December 9, 2013). Morrison, 44, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. Morrison had been charged with violating rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

In aggravation, Morrison had a record of prior discipline. The order took effect January 8, 2014

Brad D. Porterfield, State Bar #134060, Brea (December 9, 2013). Porterfield, 52, was disbarred for failing to maintain client funds in trust, failing to notify a client of the receipt of client funds, failing to render appropriate accounts, failing to promptly pay client funds, and committing acts involving moral turpitude. There were three other matters involving similar misconduct warranting discipline.

In aggravation, Porterfield’s misconduct seriously harmed his clients. Also, he engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing, and he demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for his misconduct. In mitigation, Porterfield had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1988. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 8, 2014

Kenneth L. Rosen, State Bar #128279, Seagoville, TX (October 29, 2013). Rosen, 66, was disbarred following his felony conviction for possession of child pornography.

Prior to July 2009 Rosen used his computer to search for child pornography and used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to download and collect child pornography. The files were made available to others via the same software.

In May 2009 FBI agents downloaded child pornography from Rosen’s computer using the software. In July 2009 the FBI lawfully executed a warrant to search Rosen’ home. The search revealed more than 3,000 images and videos of child pornography.

In September 2011 Rosen was convicted of violating 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B) and § 2252A(b)(2) (possession of child pornography), a felony. The conviction is now final and the State Bar has concluded that it met the criteria for summary disbarment. In mitigation, Rosen had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1987. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Leslie C. Rountree, II, State Bar #51477, Fresno (December 3, 2013). Rountree, 70, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. He was charged with failing to competently perform legal services, sharing legal fees with a nonlawyer, failing to maintain client funds in trust, commingling funds, failing to return unearned fees, and engaging in acts of moral turpitude. The order took effect January 2, 2014
Ruben F. Sanchez, State Bar #118309, Santo Domingo, (October 29, 2013). Sanchez, 57, was disbarred for failing to comply with conditions to two previous orders of discipline.

In aggravation, Sanchez had a record of prior discipline. He committed multiple acts of wrongdoing and demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for his misconduct. In mitigation, Sanchez cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Lisa L. Schultz, State Bar #182098, La Palma (October 29, 2013). Schultz, 50, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. In two client matters she was charged with failing to competently perform legal services, failing to render appropriate accounts, failing to refund unearned fees, and failing to cooperate with a State Bar investigation. The order took effect November 28, 2013
James W. Stephens, State Bar #193672, San Diego (December 9, 2013). Stephens, 54, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. Stephens was charged with failing to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect January 8, 2014
John W. Villines, State Bar #193672, Modesto (October 29, 2013). Villines, 41, was disbarred for failing to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

In aggravation, Villines had a record of prior discipline. Also, he demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for his misconduct. In mitigation, Villines presented testimony from 18 individuals who testified to his good character. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Jennifer Y. Williams, State Bar #242146, Long Beach (October 29, 2013). Williams, 32, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. She was charged with four counts of failing to cooperate with a disciplinary investigation.

In aggravation, Williams had a record of prior discipline.

SUSPENSION

Jack I. Adler, State Bar #97380, Moreno Valley (December 3, 2013). Jack Israel Adler, State Bar # 97380, Moreno Valley (December 3). Adler, 66, was suspended for six months and placed on two years of probation for failing to timely file a declaration of compliance with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

In aggravation, Adler had a record of prior discipline. In mitigation, Adler cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. Also, during the period of misconduct Adler experienced serious physical difficulties. The order took effect January 2, 2014

Jeffrey A. Agnew, State Bar #105268, Ramona (October 29, 2013). Agnew, 57, was suspended for two years and placed on three years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. There was one other matter involving similar misconduct warranting discipline.

In aggravation, Agnew had a record of prior discipline. He committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that significantly harmed his clients. In mitigation, Agnew cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Alfred O. Anyia, State Bar #183571, North Hollywood (December 31, 2013). Anyia, 47, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Anyia had a record of prior discipline. Also, he engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, Anyia cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 30, 2014

Timothy B. Balcom, State Bar #190496, Roseville (October 29, 2013). Balcom, 49, was suspended for 30 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Balcom had a record of prior discipline. Also, he engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing and demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for his misconduct. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Robert W. Bates, State Bar #125291, Altadena (December 3, 2013). Bates, 52, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for failing to deposit client funds into a trust account, failing to promptly pay client funds, and committing an act involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, Bates committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that harmed his client. In mitigation, Bates had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1986. Also, during the time of misconduct he experienced extreme emotional difficulties. The order took effect January 2, 2013

Lorna P. Brown, State Bar #133795, Berkeley (December 6, 2013). Brown, 67, was suspended for two years and was placed on three years of probation for failing to support the laws of California and committing acts involving moral turpitude dishonesty, or corruption.

In April 2009 Yusuf Bey IV was indicted on three counts of murder in Oakland. In August 2009 Brown was appointed to represent Bey after another attorney withdrew from the case. In March 2010 Brown visited Bey at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where Bey gave her legal documents, including grand jury transcripts, witness interview transcripts, and a sealed envelope addressed to Bey’s common-law wife. Bey asked Brown to give the documents to Aisha Taylor, his sister-in-law. A note in the sealed envelope referred to certain letters, instructing Bey’s wife to destroy them. Brown took the documents from Bey without seeking permission from jail officials.

Later that month Brown met with Taylor and gave her the documents, which Brown had placed in manila envelopes. Brown also gave Taylor a list of witnesses’ names, which Brown put into an envelope and addressed to Gary Popoff.

The next day, a confidential informant notified the district attorney’s office that Brown had delivered the documents to Taylor, and that Taylor would hand them over to Popoff, who the informant described as Bey’s “number one soldier.” Based on the informant’s tip, the district attorney’s office was able to recover the documents from Popoff. In April 2010 two investigators from the district attorney’s office interviewed Brown about her involvement in delivering the documents. Brown claimed she had permission from deputies to remove documents from the jail, denied knowing about a greeting card among the transcripts, and denied delivering a list of witnesses to Popoff. Afterward, Brown advised the court she had a conflict of interest, and she was removed from the case.

In August 2010 Brown submitted to a second interview with the district attorney’s office. She admitted that she had lied about the greeting card, and she also admitted delivering of list of witness names to Popoff. In June 2011 Bey was convicted on three counts of murder. Brown has not been charged with any crime.

In aggravation, Brown’s misconduct was surrounded by dishonesty and concealment. She committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that harmed the administration of justice. In mitigation, Brown had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1988. Also, she cooperated with the investigation and proceedings, and she showed remorse for her misconduct. The order took effect January 5, 2014

James P. Chandler, State Bar #215886, Roseville (November 13, 2013). Chandler, 44, was suspended for two years and placed on three years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to obey court orders, seeking to mislead a judge, failing to refund unearned fees, and committing acts involving moral turpitude. There were three other matters involving misconduct warranting discipline.

In aggravation, Chandler committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that harmed his clients. Also, he demonstrated a lack of insight into his misconduct. In mitigation, Chandler had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 2001. Also he cooperated by entering into a partial stipulation. The order took effect December 13, 2013

Kenneth M. Cooke, State Bar #159341, San Diego (November 20, 2013). Cooke, 47, was suspended for 120 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to maintain client funds in trust, failing to provide appropriate accounts, and failing to return client funds.

In aggravation, Cooke had a record of prior discipline. Also, he engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, Cooke presented evidence of his good character. The order took effect December 20, 2013

Michael H. Crosby, State Bar #125778, San Diego (December 16, 2013). Crosby, 62, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Crosby had a record of prior discipline. Also, he engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing and demonstrated indifference regarding compliance with his professional obligations. The order took effect January 15, 2014

Shannon M. Dodge, State Bar #258335, Bakersfield (December 11, 2013). Dodge, 32, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation following her conviction for discharging a firearm within a city, a misdemeanor.

In March 2012 police were dispatched to Dodge’s apartment, where neighbors had reported hearing several gunshots. The police entered the apartment, which was empty, and recovered several bullet casings. The officers later received another call that Dodge had gone to another residential neighborhood and had begun firing rounds into the ground. The police soon found Dodge and arrested her.

In December 2012, Dodge entered a plead of no contest to one count of violating Municipal Code § 9.50.010 (discharging a firearm within city limits), a misdemeanor. Although the circumstances surrounding these events did not involve moral turpitude, they did involve other misconduct warranting discipline.

In aggravation, Dodge harmed her neighbors and others by placing them in fear for their safety. In mitigation, Dodge cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation.

Bruce W. Ebert, State Bar #151576, Roseville (December 3, 2013). Ebert, 62, was suspended for four months and placed on one year of probation for failing to maintain client funds in trust.

In aggravation, Ebert committed multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, Ebert had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1991. During the period of misconduct, Ebert experienced extreme emotional difficulties. Also, he cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 2, 2014

John M. Ebner, State Bar #100618, Long Beach (November 13, 2013). Ebner, 64, was suspended for 90 days and placed on three years of probation for failing to release a client file and failing to render appropriate accounts.

In aggravation, Ebner had a record of prior discipline. Also, he demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for his misconduct. In mitigation, Ebner cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect December 13, 2013

Gerald W. Filice, State Bar #99657, Sacramento (October 29, 2013). Filice, 57, was suspended for 60 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline and failing to cooperate with a disciplinary proceeding.

In aggravation, Filice had a record of prior discipline. Also, he committed multiple acts of wrongdoing and demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for his misconduct. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Jeffrey A. Fishkin, State Bar #213021, Santa Clarita (December 18, 2013). Fishkin, 39, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to inform his client of significant developments in his case, misleading a judge, improperly withdrawing from employment, failing to promptly release the client’s file upon termination of employment, and failing to cooperate with a State Bar investigation.

In aggravation, Fishkin engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing that harmed his client. In mitigation, Fishkin had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 2001. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 17, 2014

Alexis Galindo, State Bar #136643, Long Beach (December 3, 2013). Galindo, 52, was suspended for 30 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly notify a client of received funds, failing to promptly pay client funds, and failing to respond to reasonable status inquiries.

In aggravation, Galindo committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that harmed his clients. In mitigation, Galindo had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1988. Also, during the period of misconduct Galindo experienced family problems. The order took effect January 2, 2013

Paul L. Giannini, State Bar #53593, Beverly Hills (October 29, 2013). Giannini, 66, was suspended for 90 days and placed on three years of probation for failing to maintain client funds in trust, failing to notify a client of receiving client funds, failing to render appropriate accounts, and failing to promptly pay client funds.

In aggravation, Giannini committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that harmed his client. In mitigation, Giannini had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1972. He also stipulated to his misconduct and demonstrated recognition of his wrongdoing. In addition, during the period of misconduct Giannini experienced extreme emotional difficulties. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Dorothy D. Guillory, State Bar #114891, Oakland (November 20, 2013). Guillory, 64, was suspended for two years and placed on probation for four years for representing clients with conflicting interests, charging unconscionable fees, failing to obey a court order, and failing to report sanctions.

In aggravation, Guillory’s misconduct caused significant harm to her clients. In mitigation, Guillory had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1984. The order took effect December 20, 2013

Edward W. Haase, State Bar #189819, San Diego (December 9, 2013). Haase, 43, was suspended for 60 days and placed on two years of probation for accepting fees from a third party to represent a client without obtaining the client’s informed written consent. He also sought to mislead a judge.

In August 2011 Haase was hired to represent a client’s brother, who was in immigration custody following a criminal conviction. Haase was hired to defend the brother in removal proceedings. However, Haase failed to obtain the brother’s written consent after informing him of the potential adverse consequences of the fee arrangement.

While preparing for the case, Haase drafted a petition using facts supplied by the client’s brother, but Haase failed to obtain his signature on the petition. Haase then forged the brother’s signature and attempted to mislead the court.

In aggravation, Haase had a record of prior discipline. In mitigation, Haase’s misconduct did not harm his client. Also, he cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 8, 2014

J. Clegg Ivey, State Bar #220680, Savannah, GA (December 3, 2013). Ivey, 42, was suspended for 60 days and placed on two years of probation for falsely reporting to the State Bar that he had complied with his MCLE requirements, an act involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, Ivey demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for his misconduct. In mitigation, Ivey had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 2002. The order took effect January 2, 2014

Armen Janian, State Bar #102747, Glendale (November 13, 2013). Janian, 63, was suspended for six months and placed on two years of probation for accepting advance fees in loan-modification matters, a violation of Civil Code § 2944.7(a). There were also 15 matters involving similar misconduct warranting discipline.

In aggravation, Janian had a record of prior discipline. Also, he committed multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, during the period of misconduct Janian experienced extreme emotional difficulties. Also, he cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect December 13, 2013

Susan L. Jeffries, State Bar #95296, Alameda (). Jeffries, 68, was suspended for two years and placed on two years of probation for seeking to mislead a judge and committing acts involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, Jeffries had a record of prior discipline. Also, she committed multiple acts of wrongdoing, and her false testimony harmed the administration of justice. In mitigation, Jeffries cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation.

Michael K. Johnson, State Bar #210069, Elk Grove (November 13, 2013). Johnson, 44, was suspended for 30 days and placed on two years of probation following his misdemeanor conviction for accepting advance fees in loan-modification matters, a violation of Civil Code § 2944.7(a).

In aggravation, Johnson’s misconduct resulted in significant harm to six separate clients. In mitigation, Johnson had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 2000. Also, he showed remorse for and recognition of his wrongdoing. He pleaded no contest in his criminal matter, and he cooperated with the attorney general in its case against his employer, Flahive Law Offices. The order took effect December 13, 2013

Linda C. Jovich, State Bar #170900, Scotts Valley (December 18, 2013). Jovich, 55, was suspended for three years and placed on three years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to maintain client funds in trust, failing to communicate, commingling funds, misappropriating funds, improperly withdrawing from employment, and failing to cooperate with a State Bar investigation.

In aggravation, Jovich committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that significantly harmed her clients. Also, her misconduct was surrounded by concealment. In mitigation, Jovich had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1994. The order took effect January 17, 2014

Christian R. Juarez, State Bar #175611, San Pedro (December 9, 2013). Juarez, 45, was suspended for 60 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Juarez had a record of prior discipline. Also, he committed multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, Juarez cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 8, 2014

Corey M. Kagan, State Bar #228318, Pasadena (December 9, 2013). Kagan, 46, was suspended for 18 months and placed on three years of probation following convictions for violating Health and Safety Code § 11350(a) (possession of a controlled substance, heroin).

In November 2009 police officers checked on a motel with a reputation for being frequently used by narcotics users and sellers. They found Kagan there, with various drugs and drug paraphernalia in his room. Kagan was arrested but released on the scene. The district attorney’s office later filed a felony complaint against Kagan for possessing heroin. Kagan entered a plea of no contest and was admitted into a drug-treatment program. He was also sentenced to five years of probation.

In a second matter, in January 2010 police officers were dispatched to the Santa Monica Medical Center, where Kagan had been admitted while carrying various drugs and drug paraphernalia. Kagan pleaded no contest to two counts of possessing heroin. He was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of probation. There were also three other matters involving misconduct warranting discipline.

In aggravation, Kagan committed multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, Kagan cooperated with the State Bar during its investigation and proceedings. The order took effect January 8, 2014

Jennifer L. Kammerer, State Bar #204888, Sacramento (October 29, 2013). Kammerer, 44, was suspended for 30 days and placed on two years of probation for sending emails to potential clients advertising her legal services while administratively suspended for not complying with her MCLE requirements.

In aggravation, Kammerer demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for her misconduct. In mitigation, Kammerer had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1999. Also, she cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Eugene D. Kim, State Bar #194100, Los Angeles (December 18, 2013). Kim, 51, was suspended for one year and placed on three years of suspension for failing to maintain client funds in trust, misappropriating funds, and failing to notify a client of receipt of funds.

In aggravation, Kim committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that significantly harmed his clients. In mitigation, Kim had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1997. Also, he cooperated with the investigation and paid restitution to his clients. The order took effect January 17, 2014

Kenneth J. Kleinberg, State Bar #110732, Irvine (November 20, 2013). Kleinberg, 62, was suspended for nine months and placed on four years of probation following his successful completion of the State Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) and Alternative Discipline Program (ADP). In four disciplinary matters, Kleinberg stipulated that he willfully violated rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court, engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, failed to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline, and held himself out as entitled to practice law and then practiced law while he was not an active member of the State Bar.

In aggravation, Kleinberg had a record of prior discipline. In mitigation, Kleinberg successfully completed the LAP and the ADP. The order took effect December 20, 2013

Jang H. Kwon, State Bar #259659, La Crescenta (October 29, 2013). Kwon, 36, was suspended for 60 days and placed on one year of probation for falsely reporting to the State Bar that he had complied with his MCLE requirements, an act involving moral turpitude.

In mitigation, Kwon cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Andrew F. Linehan, State Bar #194350, Temecula (December 9, 2013). Linehan, 42, was suspended for one year and placed on three years of probation for failing to comply with two sanctions orders, failing to cooperate with a State Bar investigation, and committing acts involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, Linehan had a record of prior discipline. Also, he committed multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, Linehan admitted culpability and cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 8, 2014

Rita Luevanos-Castro, State Bar #212576, Banning (November 13, 2013). Luevanos-Castro, 43, was suspended for 30 days and placed on one year of probation for falsely reporting to the State Bar that she had complied with her MCLE requirements, an act involving moral turpitude.

In mitigation, Luevanos-Castro had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 2001. Also, she cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect December 13, 2013

Pablo A. Manga, State Bar #228582, San Francisco (December 3, 2013). Manga, 41, was suspended for 30 days and placed on one year of probation for falsely reporting to the State Bar that he had complied with his MCLE requirements, an act involving moral turpitude.

In mitigation, Manga had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 2003. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 2, 2014

Jim M. Marshall, Jr., State Bar #99911, Saint Helena (November 13, 2013). Marshall, 60, was suspended for 30 days and placed on one year of probation for falsely reporting to the State Bar that he had complied with his MCLE requirements, an act involving moral turpitude.

In mitigation, Marshall had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1981. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect December 13, 2013

Willard P. McCrone, State Bar #74763, Monterey (December 11, 2013). McCrone, 67, was suspended for 30 days and placed on one year of probation for holding himself out as entitled to practice law, and then practicing law, while not authorized to do so. Also, McCrone concealed his inactive status from his client, which constituted an act involving moral turpitude.

In mitigation, McCrone had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1977. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 10, 2014

Victor D. Mireles, State Bar #249298, San Diego (November 13, 2013). Mireles, 36, was suspended for two years and placed on three years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Mireles had a record of prior discipline. In the present case, he engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, Mireles cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect December 13, 2013

Timothy D. Myers, State Bar #199356, Huntington Beach (December 11, 2013). Myers, 46, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly refund unearned fees, and committing an act involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, Myers committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that significantly harmed his client. In mitigation, Myers had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1998. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 10, 2014

Kevin M. O'Casey, State Bar #159858, Fresno (October 29, 2013). O’Casey, 59, was suspended for two years and placed on three years of probation for failing to communicate with a client, failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline, and failing to cooperate with a disciplinary proceeding.

In aggravation, O’Casey had a record of prior discipline. Also, he committed multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, O’Casey’s misconduct did not harm his client. O’Casey also cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation, and he showed remorse for his wrongdoing. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Iwo Ostoja-Lojasiewicz, State Bar #244259, San Diego (November 13, 2013). Ostoja-Lojasiewicz, 33, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for improperly communicating with a judge.

In April 2011 Ostoja-Lojasiewicz sent a letter to superior court Judge Timothy B. Taylor regarding a recently decided matter involving a client. At the time, Ostoja-Lojasiewicz was neither a party to the action nor representing a party. Upon reviewing the letter, Judge Taylor determined that it was an improper judicial communication. A member of the judge’s staff sent Ostoja-Lojasiewicz a letter notifying him that his letter violated the California Rules of Court and the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Undeterred, Ostoja-Lojasiewicz sent Taylor a letter to his home address in July 2011. Ostoja-Lojasiewicz and Taylor had no prior business or personal relationship that would permit such correspondence. Moreover, Ostoja-Lojasiewicz did not send a copy of the letter to any counsel of record in the underlying matter.

Judge Taylor filed a complaint against Ostoja-Lojasiewicz with the State Bar. In response, Ostoja-Lojasiewicz issued a trial subpoena for Judge Taylor to appear as a witness in the disciplinary proceeding. Ostoja-Lojasiewicz attempted several times to personally serve Judge Taylor with the subpoena at his home, and he refused to accept substituted service. Finally, when the two met face to face, Ostoja-Lojasiewicz called the judge “corrupt” and continued to yell accusations and profanities at him as the judge retreated into his home. Ostoja-Lojasiewicz admitted that his main purpose was to embarrass the judge, and he maintained that he had a constitutional right to confront him.

In aggravation, Ostoja-Lojasiewicz denied any wrongdoing and showed complete indifference toward rectification of or atonement for his misconduct. Moreover, his aggressive and offensive conduct in serving a trial subpoena for the disciplinary proceeding was a serious aggravating factor. The order took effect December 13, 2013

John H. Petersen, State Bar #193084, Glendale (December 18, 2013). Petersen, 56, was suspended for 30 days and placed on three years of probation for disobeying a court order to return $18,000 in legal fees.

In aggravation, Petersen’s misconduct harmed the administration of justice. Also, he showed indifference toward his wrongdoing by failing to return the disputed fees. In mitigation, Petersen had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1997. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 17, 2014

Thomas D. Pham, Jr., State Bar #183521, Huntington Beach (December 6, 2013). Pham, 54, was suspended for one year and had his probation revoked for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Pham had a record of prior discipline. Also, he committed multiple acts of wrongdoing and demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for his misconduct. The order took effect January 5, 2014

John M. Ribarich, State Bar #183883, Los Angeles (November 20, 2013). Ribarich, 49, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for accepting advance fees in loan-modification matters, a violation of Civil Code § 2944.7(a); failing to release client papers; and seeking an agreement from a plaintiff to withdraw a disciplinary complaint.

In aggravation, Ribarich had a record of prior discipline. Also, he committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that harmed his clients. In mitigation, Ribarich cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect December 20, 2013

Padrik S. Ryan, State Bar #256997, Coarsegold (December 18, 2013). Ryan, 39, was suspended for 90 days and placed on one year of probation for failing to respond to status inquiries, failing to take reasonable steps to avoid foreseeable prejudice to his client upon termination of employment, failing to render appropriate accounts, and failing to refund unearned fees.

In aggravation, Ryan committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that caused significant harm to his client. In mitigation, Ryan cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 17, 2014

Thomas M. Swihart, State Bar #98564, Hidden Valley Lake (December 11, 2013). Swihart, 64, was suspended for six months and placed on two years of probation for disobeying a court order, failing to report sanctions for filing improper bankruptcy petitions, and committing acts involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, Swihart committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that wasted judicial resources. In mitigation, Swihart had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1981. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 10, 2014

Jeffrey D. Tochterman, State Bar #170466, Sacramento (November 13, 2013). Tochterman, 47, was suspended for 18 months and placed on two years of probation for sharing legal fees with nonattorneys.

In December 2009 Tochterman began working for My US Legal to handle predatory lawsuits on behalf of the company’s clients. My US Legal consisted of US Loan Auditors LLC, US Loan Auditors Inc., and My US Legal Services—all companies owned, in part, by nonattorneys. The companies also were not registered as lawyer- referral services. Homeowners hired My US Legal to file predatory lender lawsuits, and they paid advance attorneys fees in monthly installments. My US Legal then hired outside attorneys, or contract attorneys, to handle the predatory lender lawsuits and paid the attorneys $250 from monthly installments paid by homeowners as advance fees.

During the relevant time period, My US Legal paid Tochterman $58,500 in fees, which constituted impermissible fee-splitting with a nonattorney.

In October 2010 the state attorney general filed a complaint against My US Legal, and the company subsequently filed for bankruptcy. In aggravation, Tochterman’s misconduct harmed his clients, the public, and the administration of justice. In mitigation, Tochterman had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1994. Also, he demonstrated remorse for his misconduct and cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect December 13, 2013

Mark D. Walsh, State Bar #206059, San Diego (October 29, 2013). Walsh, 44, was suspended for 30 days and placed on three years of probation for failing to obey court orders and failing to timely pay sanctions. There were seven other matters involving similar misconduct warranting discipline.

In aggravation, Walsh had a record of prior discipline. He engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing that burdened the court system. In mitigation, Walsh cooperated with the State Bar’s investigation, and he presented witnesses attesting to his good character. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Curtis A. Westfall, State Bar #128447, Santa Monica (December 18, 2013). Westfall, 53, was suspended for one year and placed on three years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to inform a client of significant developments in his case, improperly withdrawing from employment, and failing to cooperate with a State Bar investigation.

In aggravation, Westfall had a record of prior discipline. Moreover, he committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that significantly harmed his clients. In mitigation, during the period of misconduct Westfall experienced extreme emotional difficulties. The order took effect January 17, 2014

Jenny Wong, State Bar #248111, Manteca (November 22, 2013). Wong, 33, was suspended for one year for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Wong had a record of prior discipline. Also, she committed multiple acts of wrongdoing, and she demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for her misconduct. The order took effect December 22, 2013

Robert Zwierlein, State Bar #138485, Hawthorne (November 14, 2013). Zwierlein, 50, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Zwierlein had a record of prior discipline. Also, he committed multiple acts of wrongdoing, and he demonstrated indifference toward compliance with conditions to probation. The order took effect December 14, 2013

PROBATION

Michael K. Groves, State Bar #110645, Rancho Mirage (October 29, 2013). Michael King Groves, State Bar # 110645, Rancho Mirage (October 29). Groves, 61, was placed on one year of probation for accepting advance fees in loan-modification matters, a violation of Civil Code § 2944.7(a).

In aggravation, Groves had a record of prior discipline. In mitigation, Groves cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Louis A. Liberty, State Bar #147975, Foster City (December 3, 2013). Liberty, 58, was placed on two years of probation for accepting advance fees in loan-modification matters, a violation of Civil Code § 2944.7(a). He was ordered to pay $2,200 in restitution, plus interest.

In aggravation, Liberty failed to accept responsibility for his misconduct. In mitigation, Liberty had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1990. The order took effect January 2, 2014

Angela L. Morgan, State Bar #208585, San Ramon (October 29, 2013). Morgan, 41, was placed on one year of probation for collecting an illegal fee in a probate matter.

In mitigation, Morgan had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 2000. Also, she cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Guillermo M. Suarez, State Bar #181893, East Los Angeles (December 9, 2013). Suarez, 63, was placed on one year of probation for aiding and abetting in the unauthorized practice of law.

Between September 2011 and October 2012 Suarez was an attorney for Inland Empire Immigration Service. The company hired nonattorneys to file immigration forms on behalf of customers. The nonattorneys also made strategic legal decisions, made recommendations to customers, and provided legal advice regarding the likelihood of success in obtaining immigration relief. Consequently, Inland Empire was engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

Suarez’s main duty was to make appearances in immigration court for customers. Suarez also provided the nonattorneys support by conducting biweekly training on current developments in immigration law. Thus, he facilitated the unauthorized practice of law.

In aggravation, Suarez’s misconduct harmed the public and the administration of justice. In mitigation, Suarez had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1996. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 8, 2013

Eric V. Traut, State Bar #146644, Santa Ana (October 29, 2013). Traut, 48, was placed on one year of probation for accepting advance fees in loan-modification matters, a violation of Civil Code § 2944.7(a); failing to promptly disburse client funds; and failing to return unearned fees.

In aggravation, Traut committed multiple acts of wrongdoing that harmed clients. In mitigation, Traut had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1990. Also, he cooperated with the investigation and presented evidence of his good character. The order took effect November 28, 2013

Joanna T. Vogel, State Bar #158495, Garden Grove (December 11, 2013). Vogel, 52, was placed on one year of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly respond to reasonable status inquiries, and failing to render appropriate accounts.

In mitigation, Vogel had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1992. Also, she cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 10, 2014

Susan P. Widule, State Bar #166530, Alameda (November 13, 2013). Widule, 49, was placed on one year of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to refund unearned fees, failing to respond to reasonable status inquiries, failing to release client files, and failing to cooperate with a disciplinary investigation.

In aggravation, Widule committed multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, Widule had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1993. Also, she accepted responsibility for her misconduct and cooperated in resolving the matter. The order took effect December 13, 2013

There are no recent disciplinary actions of this type.