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Newport Beach attorney faces disbarment following conviction over unsolicited loan modification ads

Discipline

By Karen Kidd | Aug 29, 2019

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SAN FRANCISCO – Longtime Newport Beach attorney Pamela Stacey Gerber-Gressier faces disbarment following an Aug. 1 California Supreme Court order, according to a recent report issued by the State Bar of California and court documents.

The disbarment order came after Gerber-Gressier's 2017 conviction on charges stemming from a loan modification mailer she allegedly sent to home owners in multiple states earlier this decade.

In its order, the Supreme Court also ordered Gerber-Gressier to pay costs and comply with California court rules regarding her discipline. Her disbarment will be effective Saturday, Aug. 31, according to an announcement on the state bar's website.

Gerber-Gressier was admitted to the bar in California on June 6, 1989, according to her profile at the state bar website.

In a state bar hearing department's notice of disciplinary charges issued in June 2013, Gerber-Gressier was alleged to have run law firms in Orange County under names that included Prudential Law Group, Prudent Law Group and Remedy Center Law Associates. Gerber-Gressier was alleged to have mailed advertisements in 2011 and 2012 to homeowners in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Georgia and New Jersey offering loan modification services, but she was not licensed to practice law in those states.

At the time Gerber-Gressier faced 108 counts of misconduct, including unauthorized practice of law, aiding others in unauthorized practice of law, collecting an illegal fee and failing to return unearned fees.

An indictment issued in June 2014 charged Gerber-Gressier, three non-attorneys and three sales managers with 81 felony counts, to which Gerber-Gressier later pleaded guilty, according to the nine-page decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued March 29 by the California State Bar Court.

In July 2017, Gerber-Gressier was convicted in Orange County Superior Court of conspiracy to commit a crime, unlawful advance loan modification fees and felony property damage of more than $1.3 million, according to the decision and order.

Gerber-Gressier was suspended the following May, and during a status conference in September her attorney indicated that Gerber-Gressier intended to default, which was entered in October.

Although Gerber-Gressier does not have a prior disciplinary record, she does have other investigations and disciplinary matters pending, according to the decision and order.

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