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Thursday, September 19, 2019

San Francisco attorney faces disbarment following 2017 false imprisonment guilty plea

Discipline

By Karen Kidd | Jul 1, 2019


SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Suspended San Francisco attorney R. Scott Dervaes Jr. faces disbarment following a June 3 California Supreme Court order after the attorney's 2017 conviction on a false imprisonment charge, according to a recent report issued by the State Bar of California and court documents.

In addition to ordering Dervaes' disbarment, the court also ordered the attorney to pay all costs in the disciplinary matter. Dervaes' discipline will be effective July 3, according to an announcement recently posted on the state bar's website.

Dervaes was admitted to the bar in California on Jan. 26, 1999, according to his profile at the state bar website.

Dervaes was placed interim suspension about a year ago and has been on involuntary inactive enrollment since Feb. 1, shortly after the California State Bar Court issued its decision and order, recommending Dervaes be disbarred by default.

The state bar court's recommendation followed Dervaes' guilty plea in December 2017 before a San Francisco County Superior Court judge of false imprisonment with a special allegation of using a deadly weapon.

"Specifically, [Dervaes] willfully and unlawfully violated the personal liberty of a victim using a knife," the decision and order said. "[Dervaes] was placed on probation for three years with credit given for time served in county jail. [Dervaes] was ordered to comply with the conditions of a rehabilitation plan (including drug testing and counseling), pay restitution, and stay away from the victim."

In a previous discipline, Dervaess in June 2002 received a stayed three-year suspension and was placed on five years' probation with two years' actual suspension after he stipulated to conduct in three consolidated matters, according to information on his state bar profile.

Dervais, in mitigation, alleged he previously suffered "serious emotional problems," had been addicted to ketamine and he completed a 28-day rehabilitation program, his profile said.

In 2006 his probation was revoked, the stay of suspension was lifted and he was actually suspended for three years and until he proved his rehabilitation.

In 2014 Dervais was the subject of a temporary restraining order issued by a San Francisco Superior Court judge for allegedly threatening Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

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