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Disbarments

Below is a list of 12 attorneys who were disbarred by the State Bar of California as a result of misconduct. The list covers Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2016.

  1. DAVID SAMUEL SCHNEIDER
  2. ALFRED NASH VILLALOBOS
  3. DAVID WYSER
  4. PETER ROBIN ESTES
  5. JAMES EDWARD GRISWOLD
  6. CORECIA JOY WOO
  7. DAVID ANTHONY HARPER
  8. ROGER WILLIAM SHPALL
  9. TODD EDWARD MACALUSO
  10. FREDERICK JACOB TODD
  11. TINA LAVONNE JAMES
  12. QUYEN TANG KIET

DAVID SAMUEL SCHNEIDER [#131578], 58, of Beverly Hills, was disbarred Nov. 18, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Schneider made misrepresentations to a superior court judge about settlement offers he’d received on behalf of three clients in a personal injury matter, stating they were for much less than they were. He also failed to pay the clients’ medical expenses from the settlement funds for more than a year having misappropriated $13,333 for one of the clients, $20,000 from another and $37,500 from a third, a minor.

In addition, he made false statements to a lien collector that two of the clients’ checks had been recently deposited and that he was waiting for them to clear, when he had long before misappropriated the money. He also failed to respond to letters from a State Bar investigator.

In a second matter, he misappropriated $4,206.47 from a client’s settlement funds, failed to provide an accounting after the client fired him and did not pay a medical lien for more than two years after the settlement funds were in his possession.

In a third matter, he misappropriated $6,203 in settlement funds in a case and waited a year and a half to pay a lien to a doctor and more than three to pay a lien to a medical center. He also misrepresented to the doctor the amount of the settlement and failed to provide an accounting to the client.

In addition, Schneider wrote four checks from his client trust account when there were insufficient funds to pay them and misappropriated $13,000 in settlement funds he was supposed to be holding on behalf of two clients.

In aggravation, Schneider’s actions damaged two of his clients’ credit because there was collection activity on their unpaid medical liens and he engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing.

In mitigation, he entered into a prefiling stipulation with the State Bar and had no prior record of discipline.

ALFRED NASH VILLALOBOS [#194000], 51, of Northridge, was summarily disbarred Nov. 4, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Villalobos was disbarred as a result of his Aug. 31, 2011 conviction for endeavoring to obstruct justice and interfering with commerce by extortion. Both are felonies.

DAVID WYSER [#154190], 56, of Reno, was summarily disbarred Nov. 4, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

On July 2, 2013, Wyser pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe, a felony.

PETER ROBIN ESTES [#168867], 62, of Los Angeles, was disbarred Nov. 18, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Estes was disbarred after his default was entered for failing to respond to a notice of disciplinary charges. Because he did not seek to have the default set aside or vacated within 90 days, he was disbarred and the charges against him deemed admitted.

Estes engaged in the practice of law in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Georgia and Missouri, where he was not licensed, and failed to cooperate in a disciplinary investigation,

He has one prior record of discipline.

JAMES EDWARD GRISWOLD [#207294], 50, of Los Angeles, was disbarred Nov. 18, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Griswold was disbarred after his default was entered for failing to respond to a notice of disciplinary charges. He did not have the default set aside within 90 days as required under rule 5.85 of the State Bar’s Rules of Procedure so the State Bar moved to disbar him.

The charges were deemed admitted. Griswold improperly withdrew from employment, failed to comply with a court order requiring him to pay $1,000 in sanctions, cooperate by not providing a substantive response to three letters from a State Bar investigator or to update his membership address.

CORECIA JOY WOO [#214544], 46, of Elk Grove, was disbarred Nov. 18, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Woo was disbarred as a result of her misdemeanor conviction for driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more. She was also charged with two additional counts of misconduct for not complying with the terms of her disciplinary probation and making a misrepresentation to the Office of Probation.

On July 20, 2013, Woo was pulled over in Auburn for making an unsafe lane change and found to be under the influence of alcohol. She failed to comply with her probation by not submitting an October 2013 quarterly report on time, and not disclosing a DUI conviction or her failure to comply with the State Bar Act in two quarterly reports. She also intentionally filed false quarterly reports under penalty of perjury.

Woo had been disciplined on two prior occasions. In mitigation, she was suffering extreme emotional difficulties as a result of her marital separation, cooperated with the State Bar, has done community service and provided character evidence from five witnesses.

DAVID ANTHONY HARPER [#112993], 63, of Colorado Springs, was disbarred Nov. 20, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Harper’s default was entered after he did not file a response to a notice of disciplinary charges alleging that he failed to complete Ethics School as required by the terms of his disciplinary probation. Because he did not move to have the default set aside or vacated within 90 days as required under rule 5.85 of the State Bar’s Rules of Procedure, he was disbarred and the charges against him deemed admitted.

He had one prior record of discipline.

ROGER WILLIAM SHPALL [#47142], 73, of Beverly Hills, was disbarred Nov. 25, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court and make restitution.

Shpall misappropriated $8,815.11 that was supposed to cover two liens against his clients and commingled his own funds in his client trust account which he used to pay his personal expenses.

In aggravation, Shpall had one prior record of discipline, engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing and failed to make restitution. In addition, his misconduct significantly harmed the lienholders.

Shpall was ordered to pay $8.850.70 plus interest in restitution.

TODD EDWARD MACALUSO [#133009], 54, of Solana Beach, was summarily disbarred Nov. 18, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

In June 2015, Macaluso pleaded guilty to wire fraud, a felony.

FREDERICK JACOB TODD [#86607], 63, of Murrieta, was summarily disbarred Nov. 18, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

In September 2014, Todd pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and transacting in criminal proceeds. Both are felonies.

TINA LAVONNE JAMES [#174628], 53, of Quartz Hill, was summarily disbarred Nov. 25, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

James was convicted of welfare fraud involving an amount over $400, a felony.

QUYEN TANG KIET [#182399], 46, of Huntington Beach, was summarily disbarred Nov. 25, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

In December 2014, Kiet was convicted of aiding and abetting monetary transactions in criminally derived property, a felony involving moral turpitude.

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