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DISBARMENT

Alan W. Courtney, State Bar #93703, Creston (May 17, 2012). Courtney, 57, was disbarred after being convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Tore B. Dahlin, State Bar #132353, Modesto (February 15, 2012). Dahlin, 59, was disbarred for misappropriating funds, failing to maintain client funds in a client trust account, misrepresenting matters, failing to obey court orders, and engaging in acts involving moral turpitude. The order took effect March 16, 2012
Herbert Davis, State Bar #30870, Tarzana (May 23, 2012). Davis, 76, was disbarred for failing to competently perform legal services and failing to refund unearned fees. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Thomas P. Giordano, State Bar #155548, Irvine (May 17, 2012). Giordano, 52, was disbarred for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly refund unearned fees, settling a legal malpractice claim without informing the client in writing that the client was entitled to seek the advice of an independent lawyer, and engaging in an act involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Zachary I. Gonzalez, State Bar #259663, West Covina (May 17, 2012). Gonzalez, 32, was disbarred for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly refund an unearned fee, and failing to return a client file. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Vincent L. Goodwin, State Bar #158570, Mission Viejo (May 18, 2012). Goodwin, 54, was disbarred for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to maintain a client trust account, misappropriating funds, failing to respond to reasonable status inquiries, and failing to promptly release client files upon termination of employment. The order took effect June 17, 2012
Stanley G. Hilton, State Bar #65990, San Francisco (May 17, 2012). Hilton, 62, was disbarred for failing to render an accounting, failing to promptly pay client funds, failing to release a file, reckless driving, engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, charging an illegal fee, and engaging in an act involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Robert M. Jason, State Bar #100944, Beverly Hills (February 3, 2012). Jason, 56, was summarily disbarred for violating 26 U.S.C. § 7206(a), filing a false tax return, a felony involving moral turpitude. The conviction is now final, and the State Bar concluded that it met the criteria for summary disbarment. The order took effect March 4, 2012
Luann M. Kelley, State Bar #131841, San Diego (May 17, 2012). Kelley, 61, was disbarred for misappropriating funds, an act that involved moral turpitude. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Thomas G. Key, State Bar #152520, Tustin (February 3, 2012). Key, 62, was disbarred for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, and collecting advance fees from clients to negotiate home loan modifications in states where he was not licensed to practice. The order took effect March 4, 2012
Matthew G. Krane, State Bar #94051, Los Angeles (May 22, 2012). Krane, 58, was disbarred after being convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 21, 2012
James F. Lefebvre, State Bar #171779, Pomona (February 3, 2012). Lefebvre, 47, was disbarred for entering into a business transaction and acquiring an interest adverse to his client, failing to inform his client of significant developments, failing to competently perform legal services, failing to obey court orders, failing to report court sanctions, and engaging in an act involving moral turpitude. The order took effect March 4, 2012
Richard A. Lima, State Bar #184783, Fresno (July 16, 2012). Lima, 50, was disbarred for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect August 15, 2012
John E. Linneball, State Bar #181795, San Francisco (May 23, 2012). Linneball, 41, was disbarred for willfully violating conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 22, 2012
John F. Morken, State Bar #153979, Tiburon (May 18, 2012). Morken, 48, was disbarred for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 17, 2012
Thomas C. Nelson, State Bar #82506, San Diego (May 17, 2012). Nelson, 58, was disbarred for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to render an accounting, and failing to return unearned fees. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Todd R. Phillippi, State Bar #134391, Midlothian, TX (May 18, 2012). Phillippi, 51, was disbarred after being convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 17, 2012
Philip A. Putman, State Bar #51368, Huntington Beach (May 17, 2012). Putman, 77, was disbarred for falsely and excessively billing a client, an act involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Piotr G. Reysner, State Bar #210937, Sacramento (May 17, 2012). Reysner, 38, was disbarred for failing to competently perform legal services, improperly withdrawing from representation, disobeying court orders, failing to keep a client reasonably informed of significant developments, failing to deposit advance costs into a client trust account, failing to promptly pay client funds, failing to render an accounting, failing to promptly refund an unearned fee, failing to promptly release a client’s file, failing to insure that an attorney-client relationship would not be interfered with, and engaging in acts involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Nathan J. Sheridan, State Bar #208940, Lake Forest (May 22, 2012). Sheridan, 39, was disbarred following his conviction in three petty theft matters, and for engaging in acts involving moral turpitude. Subsequent to the criminal convictions, he was required to complete certain programs but chose to stop taking prescription medication and committed additional thefts. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Gregory J. Tokarczyk, State Bar #150924, Redwood City (May 22, 2012). Tokarczyk, 48, was disbarred for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Anthony J. Turner, State Bar #139355, Montebello (February 3, 2012). Turner, 56, was disbarred for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly respond to reasonable status inquiries, failing to refund unearned fees, failing to maintain his client trust account, misappropriating funds, collecting an illegal fee, failing to keep a client reasonably informed of significant developments, aiding a person in the unauthorized practice of law, disobeying court orders, failing to report sanctions imposed against him, and committing an act involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption. The order took effect March 2, 2012
Michelle R. Walker, State Bar #167375, Los Angeles (May 17, 2012). Walker, 44, was summarily disbarred following her conviction for violating 26 U.S.C. § 7212, corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of the federal income tax laws, a felony involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Johnny L. Welch, State Bar #181372, Redlands (May 22, 2012). Welch, 65, was disbarred for failing to maintain client funds in trust, misappropriating funds, and engaging in an act involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Kent C. Wilson, State Bar #58652, San Diego (May 17, 2012). Wilson, 65, was disbarred for improperly withdrawing from representation, failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly refund unearned fees, misappropriating client funds, and failing to provide an accounting. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Mervyn H. Wolf, State Bar #41639, Calabasas (March 21, 2012). Wolf, 72, was disbarred for misappropriating client funds and failing to comply with a previous order of discipline. The order took effect April 20, 2012

SUSPENSION

Oscar Acevedo, State Bar #237530, Los Angeles (May 17, 2012). Acevedo, 36, was suspended for 120 days and placed on two years of probation for filing 19 bankruptcy matters for the sole purpose of delaying creditors’ foreclosure proceedings on their properties. The filings wasted court resources and ultimately increased costs for both the debtors and creditors. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Arthur S. Aldridge, State Bar #163017, Westlake Village (May 22, 2012). Aldridge, 55, was suspended for six months and placed on five years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to render an accounting, and failing to refund fees. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Romel Ambarchyan, State Bar #245216, Glendale (May 22, 2012). Ambarchyan, 30, was suspended for 60 days and placed on two years of probation for practicing law in jurisdictions where he was not licensed, and for charging and collecting advance fees in loan modification matters. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Joel R. Bander, State Bar #119460, Los Angeles (May 22, 2012). Bander, 55, was suspended for 90 days and placed on 36 months of probation for failing to render an accounting, failing to promptly refund unearned fees, and failing to report the imposition of sanctions. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Timothy C. Bryson, State Bar #140798, San Diego (May 22, 2012). Bryson, 50, was suspended for four months and placed on three years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Drew A. Cicconi, State Bar #83202, Topanga (May 23, 2012). Cicconi, 61, was suspended for 30 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to maintain client funds in trust and commingling funds. There were two other matters involving misconduct warranting discipline. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Victor M. Comstock, State Bar #232078, Los Angeles (May 14, 2012). Comstock, 41, was suspended for one year after he violated conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 13, 2012
Gary P. Crowder, State Bar #188966, Carpinteria (May 21, 2012). Crowder, 61, was suspended for six months and placed on three years of probation for failing to maintain client funds in trust, failing to report the imposition of sanctions, failing to pay sanctions, failing to render an accounting, failing to return unearned fees, and engaging in an act involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 20, 2012
John L. DiFiore, State Bar #136971, Fountain Valley (May 23, 2012). DiFiore, 49, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 22, 2012
John H. Feiner, State Bar #89201, Aliso Viejo (May 23, 2012). Feiner, 60, was suspended for six months and placed on one year of probation for failing to competently perform legal services and failing to promptly refund unearned fees. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Gregory T. Flahive, State Bar #190088, Sacramento (July 12, 2012). Flahive, 40, was suspended for three years and placed on five years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, accepting illegal advanced fees for loan modification services, failing to supervise his nonattorney staff, aiding in the unauthorized practice of law, failing to refund unearned fees, failing to promptly return client files, and violating a court order. The order took effect August 11, 2012
Manuel A. Gonzalez, State Bar #219130, San Diego (May 8, 2012). Gonzalez, 44, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for failing to make restitution payments totaling $14,775 to five former clients, as required by a previous order of discipline. In addition, Gonzalez was required to timely send quarterly reports to the Office of Probation attesting to his compliance, but he failed to do so. The order took effect June 7, 2012
Patrick J. Grannan, State Bar #115693, Whittier (July 5, 2012). Grannan, 53, had his probation revoked and was suspended for three years for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect August 4, 2012
Richard K. Griffith, State Bar #41807, Honolulu, HI (July 10, 2012). Griffith, 74, was suspended for 30 days and placed on one year of probation for failing to maintain client funds in trust and engaging in acts involving moral turpitude. The order took effect August 9, 2012
Walter H. Hackett, State Bar #230607, Walnut (May 23, 2012). Hackett, 55, was suspended for one year (stayed) and placed on two years of probation for failing to keep his client reasonably informed of significant developments. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Daniel B. Halpern, State Bar #189336, San Jose (June 27, 2012). Halpern, 41, was suspended for 30 days and placed on one year of probation for failing to competently perform legal services and commingling funds. The order took effect July 27, 2012
Nicholas O. Hedding, State Bar #227160, Winnetka (May 18, 2012). Hedding, 38, was suspended for 18 months and placed on three years of probation for illegally collecting advance fees in loan modification matters, failing to maintain client funds in trust, failing to competently perform legal services, engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, disobeying a court order, failing to render an accounting, failing to promptly refund an unearned fee, failing to release a client file, and seeking an agreement with a client to withdraw a disciplinary complaint. The order took effect June 17, 2012
Benjamin D. Hellewell, State Bar #263188, Palm Beach Gardens (May 22, 2012). Hellewell, 34, was suspended for two years and placed on four years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, improperly withdrawing from representation, failing to promptly refund unearned fees, practicing law in jurisdictions where he was not licensed, and accepting illegal fees for loan modification services. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Fernando V. Hernandez, State Bar #40498, San Jose (May 17, 2012). Hernandez, 72, was suspended for 30 days for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Steven H. Hertz, State Bar #153971, Mission Viejo (May 23, 2012). Hertz, 56, was suspended for one year for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Dennis R. Hoptowit, State Bar #61544, Chico (June 12, 2012). Hoptowit, 66, had his probation revoked and was suspended for two years for violating the conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect July 12, 2012
Eric A. Jimenez, State Bar #249468, Toluca Lake (June 28, 2012). Jimenez, 49, was suspended for 30 days and placed on one year of probation for filing false and inaccurate documents in bankruptcy court, resulting in numerous bad faith filings intended to stop foreclosure sales. In 2011, a bankruptcy judge suspended Jimenez from practicing before the Bankruptcy Court. The order took effect July 28, 2012
George A. Juarez, State Bar #75295, Lafayette (May 23, 2012). Juarez, 62, was suspended for nine months and placed on three years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Milton Kerlan, Jr., State Bar #39719, Fresno (May 17, 2012). Kerlan, 70, was suspended for two years and placed on four years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Kamran N. Khan, State Bar #256979, San Ramon (June 28, 2012). Khan, 32, was suspended for 18 months and placed on three years of probation for accepting illegal fees for loan modification services, aiding in the unauthorized practice of law, failing to refund unearned fees, failing to competently perform legal services, practicing law in a jurisdiction where he was not licensed, forming a partnership with a nonattorney, commingling funds, and improperly withdrawing from representation. The order took effect July 28, 2012
Steven K. Kop, State Bar #91354, Costa Mesa (May 23, 2012). Kop, 60, was suspended 30 days and placed on four years of probation for improperly withdrawing from representation and failing to refund unearned fees. The order took effect June 22, 2012
David Kyle, State Bar #55821, Santa Ana (May 23, 2012). Kyle, 76, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to maintain client funds in trust. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Leon R. Laufer, State Bar #100995, Beverly Hills (May 17, 2012). Laufer, 60, was suspended for five months and placed on two years of probation for failing to properly supervise staff and failing to promptly disburse funds owed to his client’s creditor. The order took effect June 20, 2012
John W. Lawson, State Bar #224213, Santa Rosa (February 3, 2012). Lawson, 58, was suspended for 30 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect March 4, 2012
Caleb P. Leys, State Bar #171683, Beverly Hills (May 22, 2012). Leys, 59, was suspended for 60 days, and placed on one year of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, practicing law in jurisdictions where he was not licensed, collecting an illegal fee, and failing to return unearned fees. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Todd E. Macaluso, State Bar #133009, Carlsbad (May 17, 2012). Macaluso, 49, was suspended for six months and placed on three years of probation for failing to maintain client funds in trust, misusing his client trust account, and engaging in acts involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Francis B. Mann, Jr., State Bar #93221, Bethel, CT (May 22, 2012). Mann, 51, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for failing to maintain client funds in trust, commingling funds, misappropriating funds, failing to render an accounting, and engaging in acts involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Kamran Y. Malik, State Bar #247885, Anaheim (May 22, 2012). Malik, 34, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for practicing law in jurisdictions where he was not licensed, charging an illegal fee, and failing to promptly refund unearned fees. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Patrick J. Manshardt, State Bar #178085, Los Angeles (May 17, 2012). Manshardt, 46, was suspended for 18 months and placed on three years of probation for mismanaging client funds and failing to respond to a client’s reasonable inquiries. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Joel J. Margolis, State Bar #151085, Milpitas (May 22, 2012). Margolis, 54, was suspended for 30 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, aiding and abetting the unauthorized practice of law, and failing to timely refund unearned fees. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Charles T. Marshall, State Bar #176091, San Diego (May 17, 2012). Marshall, 52, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for collecting advance fees for a mortgage loan modification and failing to promptly refund an unearned fee. There were two other matters involving conduct warranting discipline. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Leland L. Moglen, State Bar #141490, Cameron Park (May 22, 2012). Moglen, 68, was suspended for 90 days and placed on three years of probation for transmitting a false and deceptive communication, practicing law in a jurisdiction where he was not licensed, failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly refund unearned fees, and engaging in an act involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Ronald A. Mortvedt, State Bar #176817, San Bernardino (May 23, 2012). Mortvedt, 45, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law and engaging in acts involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Ashkan A. Motamedi, State Bar #228384, Laguna Hills (May 18, 2012). Motamedi, 44, was suspended for 90 days and placed on three years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services and failing to obey a court order. The order took effect June 17, 2012
Stephen P. Naratil, State Bar #174825, Benicia (April 23, 2012). Naratil, 45, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for violating conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect May 23, 2012
Ken Nathanson, State Bar #77556, Beverly Hills (May 22, 2012). Nathanson, 61, was suspended for six months and placed on two years of probation for accepting an illegal fee for loan modification services, sharing fees with a nonattorney, and failing to return unearned fees. In four matters, Nathanson sent a portion of advanced fees for loan modification services to a company owned by a nonattorney. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Francisco S. Nogales, State Bar #212819, Newhall (May 24, 2012). Nogales, 58, was suspended for two years and placed on five years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, improperly withdrawing from representation, and failing to refund unearned fees. The misconduct involved 41 separate loan modification matters. The order took effect June 23, 2012
Owen R. Onouye, State Bar #174580, Los Angeles (May 22, 2012). Onouye, 53, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation following his conviction in Nebraska for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, an act involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Gregory B. Orton, State Bar #184142, Sonoma (June 5, 2012). Orton, 58, was suspended for 60 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services. The order took effect July 5, 2012
Raymond C. Prospero, State Bar #238087, Corona (May 30, 2012). Prospero, 33, was suspended for two years and placed on four years of probation for sharing fees with a nonattorney, failing to promptly respond to reasonable status inquiries, illegally accepting advance fees for loan modification work, failing to refund unearned fees, improperly withdrawing from representation, failing to pay sanctions, failing to competently perform legal services, failing to keep a client reasonably informed of significant developments, and engaging in acts of moral turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Michael P. Ridley, State Bar #54409, Costa Mesa (May 17, 2012). Ridley, 65, was suspended for six months and placed on four years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Jose E. Sanchez, State Bar #212603, Long Beach (May 17, 2012). Sanchez, 44, was suspended for 30 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to maintain client funds in trust and engaging in acts involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Jonathan O. Sarte, State Bar #250743, Manila, (May 21, 2012). Sarte, 46, was suspended for one year and placed on four years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, assisting a nonattorney in the unauthorized practice of law, disobeying a court order, and failing to refund unearned fees. The order took effect June 20, 2012
Dale C. Schafer, State Bar #127906, Cool (May 17, 2012). Schafer, 58, was suspended for one year and placed on one year of probation following his conviction for conspiring to manufacture and distribute marijuana. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Vadim Schar, State Bar #224699, Encino (May 23, 2012). Schar, 42, was suspended for one year and placed on three years of probation for engaging in capping arrangements, a felony. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Alan M. Schnitzer, State Bar #129024, Los Alamitos (May 17, 2012). Schnitzer, 52, was suspended for six months and until the Supreme Court terminates his suspension. He was disciplined for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline and engaging in an act of moral turpitude. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Jagdip S. Sekhon, State Bar #170324, Salida (July 5, 2012). Sekhon, 45, had his probation revoked and was suspended for two years for failing to comply with a previous order of discipline. The order took effect August 4, 2012
Matthew P. Shelton, State Bar #191120, Sunnyvale (May 22, 2012). Shelton, 44, was suspended for 30 days and placed on one year of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 21, 2012
David A. Silva, State Bar #149506, New Bedford, MA (May 17, 2012). Silva, 55, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Evan L. Smith, State Bar #101369, Arcadia (May 17, 2012). Smith, 60, was suspended for one year and placed on three years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Steven E. Smith, Jr., State Bar #140031, Calabasas (May 16, 2012). Smith, 48, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services. The order took effect June 15, 2012
Colin C. Swainston, State Bar #150761, Huntington Beach (May 14, 2012). Swainston, 48, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 13, 2012
William R. Troiani, State Bar #236916, Irvine (May 22, 2012). Troiani, 49, was suspended for 60 days and placed on two years of probation for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, failing to competently perform legal services, disobeying a court order, and failing to promptly respond to reasonable status inquiries. The order took effect June 21, 2012
David M. VanSickle, State Bar #167401, La Mirada (May 8, 2012). VanSickle, 58, was suspended for nine months and placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to maintain client funds in trust, commingling funds, failing to promptly pay client funds, failing to maintain a proper accounting, and engaging in acts of moral turpitude. The order took effect June 15, 2012
John W. Villines, State Bar #193672, Modesto (May 21, 2012). Villines, 40, was suspended for nine months and placed on four years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services and failing to refund unearned fees. The order took effect June 20, 2012
Diane A. Walder, State Bar #152374, Playa del Rey (May 16, 2012). Walder, 53, was suspended for 18 months and placed on three years of probation for violating 18 U.S.C. § 641, theft of public property, a misdemeanor involving an act of moral turpitude. The order took effect June 15, 2012
Stephen M. Weiss, State Bar #110150, Tarzana (May 16, 2012). Weiss, 65, was suspended for 60 days and placed on two years of probation for violating Insurance Code § 750(a), accepting a consideration for referral of clients. The order took effect June 15, 2012
Stephan C. Williams, State Bar #37755, Walnut Creek (May 16, 2012). Williams, 79, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for engaging in an act involving moral turpitude. The order took effect June 15, 2012
Tracy L. Wood, State Bar #209362, Fremont (May 22, 2012). Wood, 48, was suspended for nine months and placed on three years of probation for sharing legal fees with a nonattorney in loan modification matters, forming a partnership with a nonattorney, aiding in the unauthorized practice of law, failing to competently perform legal services, and failing to promptly return unearned fees. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Michael M. Yellin, State Bar #255050, Los Angeles (May 23, 2012). Yellin, 40, was suspended for two years and placed on four years of probation for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, failing to completely perform legal services, collecting illegal fees, failing to inform clients of the status of their matters, improperly withdrawing from representation, failing to release a client’s file, and failing to refund unearned fees. There were 21 other loan modification matters warranting discipline. The order took effect June 22, 2012

PROBATION

Mahan M. Abbasi, State Bar #215030, Beverly Hills (December 13, 2011). Abbasi, 36, was placed on one year of probation for failing to promptly refund unearned fees. The order took effect January 12, 2012
Donald C. Amamgbo, State Bar #164716, Culver City (January 12, 2012). Amamgbo, 49, was placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services. The order took effect February 11, 2012
Steven R. Andrade, State Bar #79718, Santa Barbara (May 17, 2012). Andrade, 59, was placed on one year of probation for his convictions under Vehicle Code § 20002(a), misdemeanor hit-and-run, and § 23103(5), misdemeanor reckless driving involving alcohol. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Clarence M. Balingit, State Bar #194890, Florence, AZ (December 13, 2011). Balingit, 47, was placed on three years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly respond to reasonable status inquiries, failing to promptly disburse client funds, failing to maintain client funds in trust, misappropriating funds, failing to promptly release a client’s files upon termination of employment, failing to keep a client reasonably informed of significant developments, failing to refund unearned fees, and engaging in acts involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption. The order took effect January 12, 2012
John D. Barry, State Bar #70083, Rumsey (June 28, 2012). Barry, 63, was placed on two years of probation for failing to maintain client funds in trust. The order took effect July 28, 2012
Loyd L. Brown, Jr., State Bar #195240, Kings Beach (May 17, 2012). Brown, 60, was placed on probation for two years for failing to competently perform legal services and splitting fees with a nonattorney. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Michael W. Champ, State Bar #95784, Woodland Hills (May 21, 2012). Champ, 58, was placed on three years of probation for failing to respond to client inquiries and failing to promptly release client files upon termination of employment. The order took effect June 20, 2012
Denise I. Damrow, State Bar #100538, Long Beach (May 22, 2012). Damrow, 59, was placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to render accounts, and failing to promptly refund unearned fees. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Bram B. Dresden, State Bar #63877, Greenbriar (May 23, 2012). Dresden, 71, was placed on one year of probation for failing to competently perform legal services. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Emmanuel F. Fobi, State Bar #210764, Oxnard (February 3, 2012). Fobi, 44, was placed on two years of probation for illegally collecting advance fees for mortgage loan modification services, commingling funds, and failing to competently perform legal services. The order took effect March 4, 2012
Robert N. Greenberg, State Bar #146798, Simi Valley (May 23, 2012). Greenberg, 57, was placed on two years of probation for failing to report the imposition of judicial sanctions, violating a condition to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect June 22, 2012
Armen Janian, State Bar #102747, Glendale (May 22, 2012). Janian, 61, was placed on two years of probation for collecting an advance fee to perform mortgage loan modification services. The order took effect June 21, 2012
Gail M. Landtbom, State Bar #90298, Buellton (December 13, 2011). Landtbom, 63, was placed on one year of probation for failing to ensure that settlement funds received on behalf of a minor were maintained in a blocked account and failing to comply with a court order regarding the handling of the funds received on the minor’s behalf. The order took effect January 12, 2012
Andrew F. Linehan, State Bar #194350, Temecula (May 17, 2012). Linehan, 50, was placed on two years of probation for failing to pay judicial sanctions. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Peter D. Manning, State Bar #169358, San Jose (December 13, 2011). Manning, 51, was placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to obey court orders, failing to report sanctions to the State Bar, and failing to promptly release client papers upon termination of employment. The order took effect January 12, 2012
Richard V. Monahan, State Bar #82410, Bakersfield (May 21, 2012). Monahan, 62, was placed on probation for two years following his conviction for violating Penal Code § 243(a), misdemeanor battery. The order took effect June 20, 2012
Craig E. Munson, State Bar #143833, Alhambra (December 13, 2011). Munson, 54, was placed on two years of probation for failing to serve discovery responses, failing to respond to a motion for terminating sanctions, failing to pay sanctions, and failing to inform a client of an entry of default judgment. The order took effect January 12, 2012
Neil N. Nguyen, State Bar #181143, Westminster (May 21, 2012). Nguyen, 51, was placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly pay funds entitled to a client, and engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. The order took effect June 20, 2012
Marvin C. Norton, State Bar #165367, Carlsbad (January 5, 2011). Norton, 67, was placed on two years of probation for illegally collecting advance fees for loan modifications. The order took effect February 4, 2012
Timothy J. O’Connor, State Bar #151110, Folsom (January 30, 2011). O’Connor, 48, was placed on three years of probation for sharing a legal fee with a nonattorney, failing to competently perform legal services, and failing to refund unearned fees. The order took effect February 29, 2012
Nicholas C. Rowley, State Bar #220036, Beverly Hills (May 17, 2012). Rowley, 34, was placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services. The order took effect June 16, 2012
Kathie J. Simmons, State Bar #129727, Santa Rosa (January 12, 2012). Simmons, 62, was placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to promptly respond to reasonable status inquiries, and failing to promptly refund unearned fees. The order took effect February 11, 2012
Albert M. Sterwerf, State Bar #175454, Tustin (January 24, 2012). Sterwerf, 51, was placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services and disobeying a court order. The order took effect February 23, 2012
Gerald I. Sugarman, State Bar #84730, Arroyo Grande (December 12, 2011). Sugarman, 77, was placed on two years of probation for failing to disclose to a client that an attorney he employed was suspended from the practice of law. The order took effect January 11, 2012
Christopher G. Weston, State Bar #174808, Los Angeles (January 24, 2012). Weston, 51, was placed on two years of probation for employing an unlicensed lawyer without disclosing such information to the State Bar, and for failing to refund unearned fees. The order took effect February 23, 2012
Steven Zelig, State Bar #94654, Santa Monica (January 10, 2012). Zelig, 58, was placed on two years of probation for pursuing a frivolous appeal, failing to pay sanctions, violating a court order, and failing to report sanctions imposed against him. The order took effect February 9, 2012

There are no recent disciplinary actions of this type.