California State Bar recommends disbarment of longtime attorney Tom Girardi

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The California State Bar has recommended that the state Supreme Court disbar the plaintiffs’ legendary attorney, Tom Girardi.

Girardi, 82, has been charged with numerous violations of state bar law and rules of professional conduct in three separate cases, including several acts of moral turpitude. He did not file a response to the notice of disciplinary charge and his default was listed on August 6.

The state bar’s attorney general’s office filed a motion to strike Nov. 10, and the recommendation to strike was issued Monday.

Girardi has been on inactive status since March 9. A state bar representative said the agency is also expediting the processing of refunds from a client safety fund on claims from victims of Girardi’s alleged actions and to date, which amount to date. at over $335,000.

Last July, a petition for guardianship was filed regarding Girardi. Court documents said the lawyer suffered from a “major neurocognitive disorder” and lacked the capacity to give informed consent for medical treatment.

Girardi’s longtime law firm, Wilshire Boulevard, Girardi & Keese, has collapsed amid widespread allegations that it embezzled millions of dollars of money belonging to its clients and failed to pay the creditors.

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In December 2020, a federal judge in Chicago froze Girardi’s assets, finding he had misappropriated at least $2 million in client funds owed to the families of people killed in a plane crash in Indonesia.

Girardi is also involved in divorce proceedings with “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Erika Jayne, to whom he has been married since 1999. He has appeared alongside his wife several times on his Bravo series.

Girardi in 1970 became the first California attorney to win an award of over $1 million in a medical malpractice case, and is known for a landmark case against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. regarding contaminated water in the desert community of Hinkley, which was the inspiration for the 2000 film “Erin Brockovich”.

Girardi was the plaintiff’s lead attorney when the Los Angeles Dodgers were found partially liable in July 2014 in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in 2011 by beating Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was awarded nearly $18 million in damages and interests.

Los Angeles Superior Court jury found former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was not negligent, while the two men who attacked Stow were found responsible for most of the damage caused to the ex-Northern California paramedic.

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