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

By Karen Kidd | Apr 5, 2018

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.

Mor allegedly violated California court rules when he failed to file a declaration of compliance, as he was required to do by a state Supreme Court order filed in October  2016, according to the eight-page decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued by the state bar court.

Mor failed to participate in person or via counsel and state bar's decision and order for disbarment was entered by default. In such cases, in which 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 state bar's decision is pending final action by the California Supreme Court, an appeal before the state bar's review department or expiration of time in which parties may request further review within the state bar court.

Mor's recommended discipline was among the dispositions filed earlier this month by the state bar court's hearing department for March. Mor was admitted to the bar in California on Jan. 30, 2007, according to his profile at the state bar website.

In January 2016, Mor, then 38, was suspended for 30 days, placed on two years' probation, ordered to take the multistate professional responsibility examination and pay $4,250 in restitution after he allegedly provided loan modification services in Minnesota, according to information on his state bar profile. Mor was not licensed to practice law in Minnesota and he allegedly failed to promptly return client papers and property.

In May 2017, More was suspended, placed on three years' probation and required to pay $5,495 in restitution and attend ethics school after he "mishandled loan modifications", information on his state bar profile said. "In one case he provided services in Washington when he was not admitted to practice law in that state, collected an illegal fee, failed to refund the fee and failed to respond to reasonable client inquiries," his state bar profile said.

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