Friday, January 20, 2012
The California State Bar Court Review Department has recommended discipline against a husband and wife who operated a law firm. The Review Department agreed with an 18-month suspension as recommended by the trial court for the wife but concluded that the husband's proposed two-year suspension was insufficient. Rather, they recommend that the husband be disbarred.
The Review Department found that both engaged in multiple acts of misconduct and that their testimony lacked credibility. The findings of misconduct included failure to report sanctions and the use of a trust account to shield funds from creditors.
In an unrelated matter, the Review Board proposed disbarment of an attorney who received entrusted funds from a Malaysian multinational corporation on behalf of a client and misappropriated over $2 million. (Mike Frisch)