State Bar Court recommends partially deferred suspension for Anaheim attorney

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Anaheim attorney Rae Diane Shirer faces possible suspension following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation regarding issues with a prior probation.

Shirer was charged with five counts of professional misconduct, according to the 26-page decision issued Aug. 9 by the state bar court. The court found Shirer culpable in the first count, which alleges Shirer failed to comply with the conditions of disciplinary probation handed down against her by the California Supreme Court in 2016.

The court dismissed the other counts, which concerned allegedly false statements in four probation reports, according to the decision. "The court dismisses the remaining charges with prejudice for want of proof," the decision said.

The court recommended Shirer be suspended two years, with one year stayed, and that she be placed on three years' conditional probation.

The state bar's recommendation awaits final action by the California Supreme Court, an appeal before the state bar's review department or expiration of time in which parties can request further review within the state bar court.

Shirer's recommended discipline was among the dispositions filed earlier this month by the state bar court's hearing department for August.  

Shirer was admitted to the bar in California on Dec. 13, 1993, according to her profile at the state bar website.

The remaining charge against Shirer is rooted in the one-year suspension and two years' probation handed down in June 2016 after she stipulated to having lost client data due to a computer malfunction, according to information on her state bar profile. Shirer also allegedly did not reply to client emails and accounting demands or respond to a state bar letter of inquiry.

In May 2017 Shirer was suspended and placed on two years' probation after she stipulated to having falsely reported to the state bar that she had complied with mandatory continuing legal education requirements, according to her state bar profile.

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