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State bar revokes West Hollywood attorney's probation

Karen Kidd Jul. 7, 2017, 12:40pm

West Hollywood attorney Samuel Robert Spira faces a one-year suspension after he failed to comply with the conditions of his probation handed down a year ago when he misrepresented whether he’d taken a required continuing education exam, according to a recent California State Bar filing.

Suspension lifted for Oakland attorney who wrote about depression

Karen Kidd Jul. 7, 2017, 12:25pm

Oakland attorney Mitchell Chyette, who wrote about depression in the legal progression after admitting in 2011 to misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars from his clients, is again permitted to practice law, according to recent action by the California State Bar.

Encino attorney publicly reproved over uncashed personal injury settlement check

Karen Kidd Jul. 7, 2017, 12:17pm

Encino attorney Donald Stephen Lucien has been publicly reproved by the California State Bar for allegedly failing to disburse funds from a 2010 personal injury case that was settled in late 2013.

Madera County attorney disbarred for using trust to pay personal expenses, writing bad checks

Karen Kidd Jul. 6, 2017, 3:14pm

OAKHURST, Calif. (Northern California Record) – Madera County attorney Kathleen Marion Keefe has been disbarred by the California State Bar over three counts of misconduct relating to her client trust account, according to a recent filing.

Costa Mesa attorney disbarred, ordered to pay more than $300,000 restitution

Karen Kidd Jul. 6, 2017, 3:06pm

Costa Mesa attorney Robyn Lynnette Pool has been disbarred by the California State Bar over allegations she engaged in more than 15 instances of loan modification misconduct, according to a recent decision.

Los Angeles attorney disbarred, faces $25,000 restitution payment

Karen Kidd Jul. 6, 2017, 2:59pm

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Glendale attorney disbarred for improperly dropping client

Karen Kidd Jul. 6, 2017, 2:48pm

Glendale attorney Michael H. Miller has been disbarred by the California State Bar over an alleged violation of professional conduct rules and ignoring state bar correspondence requesting that he respond to allegations of misconduct against him, according to a recent decision.

Hayward attorney disbarred over alleged business, professional code violations

Karen Kidd Jul. 6, 2017, 2:41pm

Hayward attorney Portia Bettis has been disbarred by the California State Bar over alleged violations of business and professional codes and the state bar's rules of professional conduct, according to a recent decision.

Sacramento attorney disbarred over conviction stemming from DUI charges

Karen Kidd Jul. 6, 2017, 2:31pm

Sacramento attorney Warren Wendell Quann has been disbarred by the California State Bar over 2012 DUI charges that lead to a conviction the following year. Add Teaser here

Tustin attorney disbarred for allegedly misappropriating more than $14,000 from client

Karen Kidd Jul. 5, 2017, 3:10pm

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West Hollywood housing fee may be pitched to U.S. Supreme Court

Karen Kidd Jan. 12, 2017, 7:28pm

WEST HOLLYWOOD – After the California Supreme Court declined to hear his client's case against a half-million-dollar “affordable housing” fee levied in West Hollywood, a Pacific Legal Foundation attorney is hoping the nation's highest court will be more receptive.

Outgoing CJAC president reflects on Prop 65, housing crisis, asbestos litigation and recent Judicial Hellhole report

Karen Kidd Dec. 28, 2016, 12:08pm

Only days before the end of Kim Stone's time as the third Civil Justice Association of California president, American Tort Reform Association released its latest Judicial Hellholes list, ranking the state No. 2.

Insurance attorney: Concern over Brandt fees in damages calculations a matter of perspective

Karen Kidd Dec. 15, 2016, 2:13pm

&&&LOS ANGELES (Northern California Record) – An attorney specializing in insurance matters says whether insurers should be concerned about a California Supreme Court ruling that Brandt fees be included in damages calculations will depend on many factors.

California falls to No. 2 on ATRA's annual Judicial Hellhole list

Karen Kidd Dec. 15, 2016, 9:40am

SACRAMENTO – California has dropped from No. 1 to second position on American Tort Reform Association's 2016-17 Judicial Hellholes list, which was issued earlier today.

Panel on track to present state Legislature with revised Political Reform Act, spokesman says

Karen Kidd Dec. 8, 2016, 9:53pm

SACRAMENTO, California – After beginning initial review last spring of California's landmark Political Reform Act, the Fair Political Practice Commission is on schedule to present the state Legislature with a proposed revision in January, an FPPC spokesman said during a recent interview.

Attorneys need to venue shop and find the right plaintiffs in talc-related cancer cases, Mass Torts speakers say

Karen Kidd Dec. 1, 2016, 2:34pm

LAS VEGAS (Northern California Record) – California is a very attractive venue in which to bring cases alleging a connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer but plaintiffs must be carefully chosen, attorneys said during a recent trial lawyer gathering.

California Supreme Court ruling in public employee pension case seeks to clarify "reasonable" pension

Karen Kidd Nov. 27, 2016, 3:55pm

SACRAMENTO – A possible California Supreme Court ruling in a public employee pension case could clarify what a so-called "reasonable" pension for a state worker would be.

Attorney says communication key to attorney-client relationships and avoiding disputes

Karen Kidd Nov. 22, 2016, 11:41pm

NEWPORT BEACH – While a city in southeast Ventura County grapples with its disputed half-million-dollars' worth of legal fees, an Orange County attorney offered advice for lawyers about how to keep such arguments out of the court system.

Presidio Trust CEO looks forward to guiding national park's growth

Karen Kidd Nov. 3, 2016, 12:29pm

Presidio Trust's newly appointed chief executive officer said during a recent interview that she has flowed naturally from law to business to public trust.

Lawyer: California high court leaning toward keeping L.A. County attorney bills CPRA-exempt

Karen Kidd Oct. 28, 2016, 11:56am

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – State Supreme Court justices appear to be leaning in favor of considering defense bills as privileged attorney-client communications in a California Public Records Act case, an attorney who attended oral arguments earlier this month said during a recent interview.