LOS ANGELES — The State Bar Court of California ruled on Nov.
20, 2016 to suspend Carlsbad attorney Verne Craig Scholl from the
practice of law for a period of three years, according to a report
on the State Bar's website.
Scholl will also serve four years of probation.
Scholl, who was admitted to the State
Bar in 1971, has been on suspension since 2014 after being found
culpable in several counts of misconduct between two cases. In one
instance, Scholl had represented a client in a loan modification
outside of his jurisdiction and illegally collected fees. In the
other instance, the attorney allegedly misappropriated nearly $50,000
of client funds that were never deposited into his client trust
The State Bar heavily contemplated
disbarment in the matter, but Scholl was able to avoid the sentence
through extensive community-service hours and by providing proof of
his good character. Scholl did not have any disciplinary actions
against him prior to the 2009 incident, according to court documents.
In June 2015, Scholl was suspended for one year for misconduct in
two additional loan-modification cases. The attorney had taken on
matters in the states of Maryland and Florida, neither in which he is
licensed to practice. As well, the attorney again allegedly collected
illegal fees in both instances. Scholl entered a pre-filing
stipulation for both matters.
The Nov. 20 decision was made in light of Scholl’s failure to
comply with the terms of his probation. As part of the attorney’s
probation, Scholl was required to attend State Bar Ethics School as
well as State Bar Trust Accounting School. Scholl was unable to
provide proof of completion for either course by the specified date.
In addition to the previous conditions of his probation, Scholl
will also be required to pass the Multistate Professional
Responsibility Examination. If he is unable to pass the exam and
comply with the remaining conditions, a four-year suspension will be
enacted without hearing.
In accordance with the suspension, Scholl must comply with the
California Rules of Court Rule
9.20 subsections (a) and (c). Under the rule, Scholl is required
to inform all of his clients of the ruling, provide to them any
papers necessary to their cases, return any fees that are still
unearned, and tell opposing counsel in any pending litigation about
his disbarment. Scholl must then file with the clerk of the State Bar
Court that he has complied with his disbarment provisions.
According to his profile page
on the State Bar website, Scholl attended law school at the
University of Michigan and took his undergraduate classes at the
University of California Santa Barbara.
Court documents for all State Bar Court of California cases can be
found online at calbar.ca.gov.