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San Francisco attorney faces disbarment by default over three client matters, probation noncompliance

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco attorney Derek William St. Pierre faces disbarment by default following a State Bar of California recommendation after he allegedly violated rules of professional conduct in three client matters and his probation.

Oxnard attorney disbarred by default over alleged ethical violations

SAN FRANCISCO — Oxnard attorney M. Francesca Hannan faces disbarment by default following a State Bar of California recommendation after being charged with six ethical violations.

West Covina attorney faces suspension, probation over alleged commingling

LOS ANGELES (Northern California Record) — West Covina attorney John Fredrick Norris faces suspension and probation with conditions following recommendations in a State Bar of California decision issued March 23 over allegations of commingling.

Coyote lawyer faces disbarment by default over misconduct stemming from continuing education requirements

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Coyote attorney Elizabeth Ann Mello faces disbarment by default following a March 21 State Bar of California recommendation over a single count of misconduct.

Oakland attorney faces probation after found culpable of failing to supervise support staff

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Oakland attorney DeWitt Marcellus Lacy faces probation following a recommendation issued March 5 in a State Bar of California decision that he allegedly failed to properly supervise his support staff during an appeals court matter in 2015.

Newport Beach lawyer faces disbarment after allegedly providing unlicensed loan modification services

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Newport Beach attorney Ronny Mor faces disbarment by default following a March 21 State Bar of California recommendation after years of allegedly providing loan modification services in states where his is not licensed to practice law.

El Cajon attorney faces disbarment by default for alleged failure to comply with probation

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — El Cajon attorney Alexander Warren Tucker faces disbarment by default following a March 19 State Bar of California recommendation after he allegedly failed to comply with conditions of a prior probation.

Vacaville attorney faces disbarment by default, ordered to pay $10,000

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Vacaville attorney David Allen Hughes faces disbarment by default following a March 12 State Bar of California recommendation after he was accused of professional conduct rules violations in a single client matter. Add Teaser here

Los Angeles attorney faces probation over alleged misconduct in 4 client matters

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Los Angeles attorney Sheen Myong Na faces probation following recommendations in a March 5 State Bar of California decision over nine counts of misconduct in four client matters.

Orinda attorney faces disbarment following child pornography plea

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Orinda attorney James Edward Kroetch faces disbarment following a State Bar of California recommendation after his 2016 child pornography conviction.

L.A. attorney convicted of manslaughter faces suspension, probation

SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles attorney Spencer Freeman Smith faces suspension and probation following a State Bar of California recommendation after he was found culpable of failing to obey the terms of his interim suspension handed down following his 2015 manslaughter conviction.

Los Angeles attorney faces disbarment following probation violations

SAN FRANCISCO — Los Angeles attorney Raaqim A. S. Knight, suspended in 2016 after he disappeared and abandoned his clients amid "marital and financial difficulties," faces disbarment over probation violations, according to a recent State Bar of California recommendation.

Manhattan Beach attorney faces disbarment following allegations he tried to defraud creditors

SAN FRANCISCO — Manhattan Beach attorney Drago Charles Baric faces disbarment following a State Bar of California recommendation after he was found culpable in three counts of misconduct in a personal bankruptcy proceeding.

Torrance attorney faces disbarment after allegedly telling client to trust him with $18,000

SAN FRANCISCO — Torrance attorney David Paul Hutchens faces disbarment by default following a State Bar of California recommendation after he was charged with seven counts of misconduct in a single client matter.

State bar recommended suspension of Chatsworth attorney be lifted

SAN FRANCISCO — Chatsworth attorney Bradley Howard Spear may soon be relieved of a 2015 suspension handed down over issues caused by excessive drinking of alcohol, according to a recent State Bar of California recommendation.

Atascadero attorney faces suspension, found culpable in 4 counts of misconduct

SAN FRANCISCO — Atascadero attorney Frederick James Wood faces a minimum 60-day suspension and a requirement he pay thousands in restitution following a State Bar of California recommendation after he was found culpable of misconduct in a single client matter.

Probation recommended for Los Angeles attorney who missed filing deadline

Los Angeles attorney Lisa Michelle Bassis, practicing in California for more than 38 years, faces a stayed suspension of one year and two years' probation after she failed to file a timely petition in federal court on behalf of a convicted child molester, according to a recent State Bar of California recommendation.

Probation recommended for Los Altos attorney who admitted misconduct in Colorado

Los Altos attorney Steven James Foster faces stayed suspension and probation after he admitted to misconduct in Colorado and was censured in that state, according to a recent State Bar of California recommendation.

Montana attorney faces possible suspension following 2013 securities fraud conviction

Montana attorney Harris Day Himes, licensed in California for almost 40 years, faces possible suspension following a State Bar of California recommendation after his 2013 securities fraud conviction.

Encino attorney faces suspension following alleged probation violations

SAN FRANCISCO – Encino attorney Herman Jason Cohen faces a 60-day suspension following a State Bar of California recommendation after he was found to have violated his probation handed down following client trust account irregularities in 2013.