State Bar Court Recommends Suspending Lenore Again for One Year

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Suspension (not of Lenore, but this was one of the few public domain photos of “suspension” that this blog considered printable in this context.  This blog advises against looking up images of “suspension” generally.)

An opinion by the California State Bar in the disciplinary matter of public figure and candidate for CDP Chair Lenore Albert found her culpable on six of eight charges and ordered recommended (among other things) that she face one year of actual suspension, to begin once a Supreme Court order comes out approving of its ruling.  That would come after an internal appeal, if Lenore wishes.  (We’re not asking Lenore whether she is going to appeal; we simply presume that she will.)  At that point, the case will go to the Supreme Court for disposition.  They seem to accept such recommendations pretty routinely, but presumably Lenore will fight being suspended so long as any flesh remains on her bones.

Page 1 of opinion outlining charges and sanctions.

Lenore Albert (she is apparently no longer using the surname Sheridan, at least here) was charged with misconduct in two client matters, one involving Dr. Nira Schwartz-Woods (where she was ordered to make restitution of $20,000 of fees in a patent case) and one involving Fin City Foods (where she was found to have defied a court order regarding paying damages to an opposing party.)

Of the charges visible in the graphic above, the court found no culpability on Charges 6 and 7, which involve her submitting to the court a putative retainer agreement that the client denied ever having received or signed.  The court declared that it could not conclude that it had clear and convincing evidence that this was an intentional attempt to defraud the court.


Suspension terms recommended to California Supreme Court.

The full opinion may be found at this link:  16-O-12958.

Note that neither of these charges involve Lenore’s involvement in representing victims of foreclosure.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)