LOS ANGELES — Riverside attorney Daniel Eugene Hibbard was
disbarred from practicing law in California after being found
culpable in multiple charges of misconduct involving mismanagement
and misappropriation of client funds.
The disbarment was effective Dec. 4, 2016, by order of the
California Supreme Court, according to the State Bar of California
According to court
documents, the State Bar sent Hibbard, 62, a Notice of
Disciplinary Charges on Dec. 9, 2015, after receiving numerous
complaints against the attorney. The first matter in which Hibbard
allegedly committed his misconduct began in May 2013, when the
attorney was hired to represent a client in a personal-injury suit.
The matter was settled for $15,000 and the funds released to Hibbard.
The attorney divided the money between himself and the client and
left $1.954 in his client trust account for medical providers. The
attorney failed to maintain the balance, even allowing the account to
drop to zero. Only July 23, 2014, Hibbard issued a check to the
medical provider, but it was not honored because the account did not
have sufficient funds.
According to court documents, the attorney has not made further
attempts to reconcile the debt.
A second matter began in July 2010 when Hibbard was hired to
represent a couple in another personal injury claim. The attorney
received $25,000 in settlement funds on behalf of his clients on July
23, 2013. On July 29, Hibbard issued two checks to the clients
totaling less than $8,000 as partial payments.
On Nov. 18, 2013, Hibbard received an additional $52,500 in
settlement funds and deposited them into his client trust account.
After subtracting his fees and issuing another check to the clients,
Hibbard had more than $20,000 in the trust, but he failed to maintain
that balance. To date, the attorney still owes the clients thousands
Though the attorney showed remorse at his trial, the threat of
significant harm to his clients and his inability to pay the
remaining fees owed necessitated disbarment.
Hibbard must comply with the California Rules of Court Rule 9.20
subsections (a) and (c) in regards to his disbarment. The rules
require Hibbard to notify all of his clients of the ruling, deliver
any papers necessary to clients in regards to their cases, return any
fees that remain unearned, and alert opposing counsel in any pending
litigation of his disbarment. Hibbard must then file with the clerk
of the State Bar Court that he has complied with the disbarment
Hibbard was admitted to the State Bar in 1988 and has no prior
record of discipline, according to his profile page on the State Bar
The State Bar of California was established
in 1927 by the state’s Legislature and is governed by 19 trustees.
The State Bar Court added appointed full-time judges in 1989. Court
documents for all State Bar Court of California cases can be found
online at calbar.ca.gov.