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DISBARMENT

Eirene A. Anthony, State Bar #107511, Los Angeles (December 10, 2012). Anthony, 69, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. Anthony was charged with failing to competently perform legal services, improperly withdrawing from representation, failing to render an appropriate accounting, and failing to refund unearned fees. She failed to file a response, and her default was entered. The order took effect January 10, 2013
Peter J. Cabbiness, State Bar #185376, Clovis (December 10, 2012). Cabbiness, 44, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so.

Cabbiness was charged with 20 counts of violating the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Business and Professions Code. He did not respond to notice that failing to participate in the proceedings would result in a disbarment recommendation. The State Bar entered his default and petitioned for disbarment.

In aggravation, Cabbiness had a record of prior discipline. The order took effect January 10, 2013

Wolodymyr Y. Dozorsky, State Bar #98515, Irvine (December 12, 2012). Dozorsky, 63, was disbarred for aiding in the unauthorized practice of law, failing to competently perform legal services, failing to report sanctions, and failing to obey a court order.

In aggravation, Dozorsky had a record of prior discipline. Also, his misconduct involved multiple acts of wrongdoing that caused significant harm to his client. The order took effect January 12, 2013

William M. Feldman, State Bar #89222, Los Angeles (November 19, 2012). Feldman, 65, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so. The order took effect December 19, 2012
Lisa Y. Goldstein, State Bar #220669, Livermore (December 31, 2012). Goldstein, 50, was disbarred for failing to participate in disciplinary proceedings after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so.

In a single client matter, Goldstein was charged with failing to communicate, failing to obey a court order, failing to render an appropriate accounting, failing to take steps to avoid reasonably foreseeable prejudice to her client after termination of representation, and failing to cooperate or participate in a disciplinary investigation. The order took effect January 30, 2013

Davide Golia, State Bar #118464, Los Angeles (December 10, 2012). Golia, 52, was disbarred following his conviction for violating 18 U.S.C. §§ 371 and 1344, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, 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 January 10, 2013

John H. Griffin, State Bar #220368, El Cerrito (December 10, 2012). Griffin, 49, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so.

In January 2011 Griffin was suspended for 60 days and placed on four years of probation. In September of that year he was suspended for a minimum of one year, subject to compliance with certain specified conditions attached to the previous order of discipline. After being charged with failing to comply with those conditions, Griffin failed to participate in the proceedings, his default was entered, and the State Bar petitioned for his disbarment.

The order took effect January 9, 2013

John M. Heurlin, State Bar #119899, Tustin (December 10, 2012). Heurlin, 55, was disbarred for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.

In aggravation, Heurlin had a record of three prior disciplinary matters, and he demonstrated indifference to the consequences of his misconduct. Also, he committed multiple acts of wrongdoing by repeatedly misrepresenting himself as a licensed attorney in good standing when he was not. The order took effect January 10, 2013

Jac F. Pouliot, State Bar #62431, San Diego (December 10, 2012). Pouliot, 71, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so.

Pouliot was convicted of violating Penal Code § 245, subdivision (a)(1), felony assault with a deadly weapon. In September 2011 the State Bar served a notice of disciplinary charges on Pouliot, stating that failure to participate in the proceeding would result in a disbarment recommendation. Pouliot participated in a status conference but failed to file a response to the notice. In May 2012 the State Bar moved for entry of Pouliot’s default and petitioned for disbarment. The order took effect January 10, 2013

Albert F. Quintrall, State Bar #58066, San Diego (December 31, 2012). Quintrall, 65, was disbarred for failing to maintain client funds in trust, failing to keep a client reasonably informed of developments, disobeying an order of the court, failing to report to the State Bar, failing to comply with rule 9.20 of the Rules of Court, and engaging in an act involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, Quintrall had a record of prior discipline, his misconduct involved multiple acts of wrongdoing, and he failed to make restitution to the client. The order took effect January 31, 2013

Randall K. Rupp, State Bar #165774, Camarillo (December 10, 2012). Rupp, 62, was disbarred for failing to comply with rule 9.20 of the Rules of Court.

In aggravation, Rupp had a record of prior discipline. The order took effect January 10, 2013

John St. John, State Bar #54642, San Rafael (December 10, 2012). St. John, 65, was disbarred for failing to comply with rule 9.20 of the Rules of Court.

In aggravation, St. John had a record of prior discipline. The order took effect January 10, 2013

Wade R. Sanders, State Bar #58212, San Diego (December 10, 2012). Sanders, 71, was disbarred following his conviction for violating 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(4)(B), possession of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, a felony involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, the misconduct harmed the minors in the images Sanders possessed, and it contributed support to an industry that sexually exploits and degrades children. In mitigation, Sanders had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1973. Also, he cooperated with prosecutors and the State Bar and submitted 80 letters attesting to his good character, including one from U.S. Senator John Kerry. The order took effect January 9, 2013

Thomas J. Wallace, State Bar #220396, Bakersfield (December 19, 2012). Wallace, 39, was disbarred for failing to participate in a disciplinary proceeding after receiving adequate notice and opportunity to do so.

In August 2011 the State Bar filed a notice of disciplinary charges against Wallace for failing to maintain client funds in trust, commingling, using client funds for personal expenses, and failing to participate in a disciplinary investigation and proceeding. Wallace did not respond, and his default was entered in October of that year. In April 2012, the State Bar petitioned for disbarment. The order took effect January 19, 2013

Daniel P. Willsey, State Bar #143772, La Crescenta (December 19, 2012). Willsey, 52, was disbarred following his conviction for violating Penal Code § 191.5(a), gross vehicular manslaughter, a felony involving moral turpitude; and for commingling funds, failing to maintain complete records of client funds, failing to cooperate in a disciplinary investigation, and failing to comply with an order.

In November 2006 Willsey’s vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was killed, and a passenger was injured. An investigation determined that Willsey had been under the influence of a controlled substance; a small amount of methamphetamine and a 12-gauge shotgun were found in his vehicle. Willsey pled nolo contendere to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and was sentenced to six years in state prison.

In aggravation, Willsey had a record of prior discipline, and the misconduct resulted in the death of one person and injury to another. Also, two additional disciplinary matters involved multiple acts of wrongdoing. The order took effect January 19, 2013

SUSPENSION

Dennis M. Assuras, State Bar #85874, Chino (December 3, 2012). Assuras, 75, was suspended for 30 days and placed on three years of probation for failing to maintain complete client account records and for commingling funds.

In aggravation, Assuras committed multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, Assuras had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1979. Also, his misconduct did not harm his clients, and he cooperated with the State Bar’s investigation and proceedings. The order took effect January 2, 2013

Warren L. Brown, State Bar #100404, Montrose (December 10, 2012). Brown, 63, was suspended for 90 days and placed on three years of probation for failing to render an appropriate accounting, failing to promptly release a client’s file upon termination of employment, and failing to cooperate in a disciplinary investigation.

In aggravation, Brown exhibited indifference toward the consequences of his misconduct, and he engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing. In mitigation, Brown had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1981. The order took effect January 10, 2013

Michael L. Challgren, State Bar #137072, Woodland Hills (December 3, 2012). Challgren, 53, was suspended for six months and placed on two years of probation following his 2008 conviction for violating California Vehicle Code § 23152(b), driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent or higher, and his 2009 conviction for violating California Vehicle Code § 14601.2(a), driving with a license suspended because of a DUI.

In February 2010 the Review Department recommended suspension. In April and May 2010 Challgren’s two convictions were referred to the State Bar Alternative Discipline Program, and subsequently they were consolidated. The parties entered into a stipulation for a misdemeanor conviction warranting discipline.

In aggravation, Challgren had a record of prior discipline. Also, he showed indifference by knowingly driving with a suspended driver’s license nine days after the court ordered him not to do so. In mitigation, Challgren cooperated with the State Bar’s investigation and proceedings. The order took effect January 1, 2013

Louis J. Ferrara, State Bar #73345, Littleton, CO (November 28, 2012). Ferrara, 66, was suspended for two years and placed on three years of probation for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, failing to maintain a current office address with the State Bar, and committing acts involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, Ferrara’s misconduct significantly harmed the administration of justice, and he harmed the public by embezzling $1,200 from his labor union’s bank account while acting as its treasurer. In mitigation, Ferrara had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1976. Also, he cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect December 27, 2012

Arthur Greenspan, State Bar #150216, Brentwood (December 3, 2012). Greenspan, 50, was suspended for one year and placed on three years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Greenspan had a record of prior discipline. In mitigation, he cooperated with the State Bar’s investigation and proceedings. The order took effect January 2, 2013

Wendy A. Harte, State Bar #243230, Santa Monica (December 31, 2012). Harte, 39, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline. The order took effect January 30, 2013
Sean C. Hickey, State Bar #159116, Fremont (November 19, 2012). Hickey, 51, was suspended for nine months and placed on three years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Hickey had a record of prior discipline. In mitigation, he displayed remorse for his misconduct and cooperated with the State Bar’s investigation and proceedings. The order took effect December 19, 2012

Steven C. Lynes, State Bar #174020, Roseville (December 10, 2012). Lynes, 44, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to communicate with clients, failing to render an accounting, failing to refund unearned fees, failing to release client files, and failing to cooperate in a disciplinary proceeding. In aggravation, Lynes was found culpable of seven acts of misconduct in three client matters. In mitigation, Lynes had no record of prior discipline since he was admitted to the State Bar in 1994. The order took effect January 10, 2013
Dionne Mateos, State Bar #205959, Whittier (December 19, 2012). Mateos, 41, was suspended for two years and until she provides proof of rehabilitation, fitness to practice, and learning and ability in the law. Moreover, Mateos was placed on three years of probation and ordered to take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam and to comply with rule 9.20 of the Rules of Court.

In six loan modification matters, Mateos repeatedly failed to competently perform legal services, collected illegal advance fees, failed to respond to reasonable client inquiries, failed to render an accounting, failed to refund any part of unearned fees, and failed to cooperate with the State Bar’s investigation and proceedings. The order took effect January 18, 2013

Walter R. Mitchell, State Bar #165834, Newport Beach (December 19, 2012). Mitchell, 55, was suspended for 30 days and placed on two years of probation for practicing law while suspended and committing an act involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption.

In mitigation, Mitchell had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1993. Also, he cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 18, 2013

James A. Nations, State Bar #229219, Alameda (December 31, 2012). Nations, 58, was suspended for three months and placed on one year of probation for failing to competently perform legal services, failing to render an accounting, failing to refund unearned fees, and failing to cooperate in a disciplinary investigation.

In aggravation, his wrongdoing significantly harmed a client. Also, Nations demonstrated indifference toward rectification of or atonement for his misconduct. In mitigation, Nations had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 2003. The order took effect January 31, 2013

Lisa B. Nevarez, State Bar #206226, Cypress (December 10, 2012). Nevarez, 42, was suspended for 30 days and placed on three years of probation following her conviction for violating Vehicle Code § 23152(a), driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and § 23152(b), driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or more. It was Nevarez’s third DUI conviction.

In mitigation, Nevarez cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 10, 2013

Joseph J. Olsen, State Bar #51276, Beverly Hills (December 10, 2012). Olsen, 70, was suspended for six months and placed on two years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Olsen had a record of prior discipline. The order took effect January 10, 2013

Joseph J. Rego, State Bar #163183, San Diego (November 19, 2012). Rego, 56, was suspended for 30 days and placed on two years of probation for disobeying a court order and failing to competently perform legal services.

In mitigation, Rego had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1992. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect December 19, 2012

Dennis M. Russell, State Bar #118253, Las Vegas, NV (December 10, 2012). Russell, 56, was suspended for 90 days and placed on three years of probation for failing to respond to reasonable status inquiries, failing to render an accounting, and failing to promptly refund unearned fees.

In aggravation, Russell had a record of prior discipline. The order took effect January 10, 2013

Nathan M. Shilberg, State Bar #178212, El Cajon (December 3, 2012). Shilberg, 44, was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for endorsing a check without authorization from the bankruptcy trustee, misappropriating funds, misrepresenting facts to the court, and engaging in acts involving moral turpitude.

In aggravation, Shilberg committed multiple acts of wrongdoing. Moreover, his misconduct caused his client significant harm, resulting in the dismissal of the client’s bankruptcy action. In mitigation, Shilberg had no record of prior discipline since being admitted to the State Bar in 1995. Also, he cooperated by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 2, 2013

James P. Swanseen, State Bar #159918, Mill Valley (December 3, 2012). Swanseen, 64, was suspended for six months and placed on four years of probation for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Swanseen had a record of prior discipline. In mitigation, during the period of his misconduct Swanseen suffered severe financial stress and was unable to make required restitution to client The order took effect January 2, 2013

PROBATION

Edward B. Jamison, State Bar #214726, Las Vegas, NV (December 10, 2012). Jamison, 40, was placed on probation for two years for failing to comply with conditions to a previous order of discipline.

In aggravation, Jamison had a record of prior discipline. In mitigation, he cooperated with the State Bar by entering into a stipulation. The order took effect January 10, 2013

There are no recent disciplinary actions of this type.