LOS ANGELES — Woodland Hills attorney Jill Bobbette Shigut
received one year of probation from the State Bar Court of California
for failure to meet her required Minimum Continuing Legal Education
The probation began Nov. 25, according to the State Bar of
Court documents stated
that Shigut, under penalty of perjury, claimed on June 30, 2014, that
she had completed the necessary 25 hours during the compliance period
that went from Feb. 1, 2011, to Jan. 31, 2014. Shigut did not provide
documentation for the hours.
The attorney was notified that she would undergo an MCLE audit on
July 7, 2014 at which point she completed the remaining 19 hours
needed. By Oct. 31, 2014, Shigut was up to date on all of her MCLE
Several mitigating factors went into consideration in the decision
to place Shigut on probation. In the attorney’s career, she had no
prior record of discipline and was able to provide seven witnesses to
attest to her good character. The witnesses varied from former
clients to friends who knew about Shigut’s misconduct but still
were willing to speak to her good character.
Shigut also provided the State Bar with proof of her pro bono
efforts. Between 2010 and 2014, she provided free legal services in
three separate matters. According to court documents, the matters in
which she represented clients on a pro bono basis included a divorce
proceeding, a termination of contract for employment with a
non-competition clause, and possible litigation in the aftermath of a
Lastly, Shigut entered into a pre-filing stipulation with the
State Bar, saving the courts time and resources. By acknowledging her
misconduct, the attorney garnered mitigation.
During the attorney’s one-year probation, Shigut will be
required to provide quarterly reports for all of her business
dealings to the Office of Probation. In addition, any updates to her
personal or professional situations will also need to be provided to
the office within 10 business days.
Shigut must take and pass the Multistate Professional
Responsibility Examination. Failure to pass the MPRE or adhere to any
of the terms of her probation will result in a one-year suspension
without hearing. The attorney will be responsible for covering all
court costs, which at the time of sentencing totaled $3,139. The
costs are subject to increase, in which case Shigut will need to pay
the additional fees.
According to her State Bar website profile,
Shigut, 48, was admitted to the State Bar in 1995 after graduating
from the University of La Verne College of Law.
Bar of California was established in 1927 by the Legislature and
is governed by 19 trustees. In 1989, the State Bar Court added
full-time judges who are appointed by the state Supreme Court.
Court documents for all State Bar Court of California cases can be
found at calbar.ca.gov.