Auburn attorney Jamie Edwards Quadra has been disbarred by the California State Bar following 17 counts of misconduct involving two clients in client matters, according to a recent decision.
Quadra allegedly failed to inform her clients that they'd been dismissed as plaintiffs and that their former attorney, Quadra's partner, had been disbarred, according to the nine-page decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued Aug. 14. Quadra also was alleged to have failed to refund unearned advanced fees and to promptly turn over clients’ papers and property termination of her employment as counsel, according to the order and decision.
Quadra failed to participate in person or via counsel and state bar's decision and order for disbarment was entered by default. In cases such as this, when an attorney fails to participate in a California State Bar disciplinary proceeding despite adequate notice and opportunity, the bar invokes Rule 5.85, which provides the procedure for the state bar to recommend an attorney’s disbarment.
The bar's decision is pending final action by the California Supreme Court, an appeal before the bar's Review Department or expiration of time in which parties to may request further review within the state bar court.
Quadra was admitted to the bar in California on Dec. 5, 2003, according to his profile at the state bar's website. No previous disciplinary action against Quadra is listed on his profile page at the state bar's website.
Quadra has not been eligible to practice law in California since April 6 when he was ordered inactive when he failed to make a filing in the state bar's proceedings against him, according to the decision and order and information on his profile at the state bar's website.
In one of the client matters that lead to Quadra's disbarment, involving a loan modification lawsuit, the bar court did not find him culpable of intentionally, recklessly, or repeatedly failing to perform legal services with competence as he'd been accused. The bar court did find that Quadra based his client's lawsuit on out-of-state property, rather than on the client’s California property, and that he allowed the case to be dismissed with prejudice, according to the decision and order.
In addition to disbarment, the state bar recommended Quadra be ordered to pay restitution of $28,290, plus interest, to clients in the three matters, according to the decision and order.