Hacienda Heights attorney gets more probation for allegedly not complying with a previous probation

By Karen Kidd | May 16, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – Hacienda Heights attorney Edelmira Medina faces probation following an April 26 California Supreme Court order for allegedly not complying with a previous probation, according to a recent report issued by the State Bar of California and court documents.

The Supreme Court handed down a fully stayed one-year suspension and placed Medina on a year of conditional probation.

The court also ordered Medina to pay costs.

Medina's discipline will be effective Sunday, May 26, according to an announcement recently posted on the state bar's website.

Medina was admitted to the bar in California on Dec. 3, 2012, according to her profile at the state bar website.

Medina's upcoming probation stems from a June 2017 stipulation that preceded a reproval order the following July. The earlier stipulation followed allegations against Medina in two separate matter.

In one of the client matters, Medina was alleged to have failed to promptly provide an accounting to a client and to render an accounting of client funds.

In the other client matter, Medina was alleged to have failed to make corrections to judgment documents, to take any action to finalize the judgment and intentionally to perform legal services with competence.

Medina also was alleged to have failed to cooperate in the state bar's investigation into those two client matters, according to the earlier stipulation.

In the more-recent stipulation filed with the State Bar Court in January, Medina allegedly failed to timely submit reports to the state bar's probation office, submit proof she passed the multistate professional responsibility exam and to comply with the conditions of her reproval.

Difficulties Medina encountered between April 2017 and January 2018 following pregnancy complications, including an unplanned cesarean delivery, were considered mitigating factors in her most recent stipulation.

"Had it not been for [Medina]'s complications caused by her pregnancy and delivery, [Medina] would have been better able to fully comply with her reproval conditions," the stipulation said. "Not only did [Medina]'s physical ailments caused by her pregnancy and delivery prevent respondent from complying with her reproval conditions in a timely manner, but they also curtailed and limited her practice of law during the last six months of 2017."

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