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Disbarments
  1. J. RANDY DORCY
  2. JOHN ANDREW MORRISON
  3. BRAD DANIEL PORTERFIELD
  4. JAMES WADE STEPHENS
  5. JOHN EDWARD ENGEL
  6. LESLIE CLARKE ROUNTREE II
  7. DAVID HAYDEN LOOMIS 

J. RANDY DORCY [#170620], 51, of Costa Mesa was disbarred Dec. 20, 2013 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court and make restitution.

Dorcy was disbarred after his default was entered for failing to respond to the notice of disciplinary charges filed against him for 16 counts of misconduct in five separate client matters. Because he did not seek to have the default set aside within 180 days, as required under rule 5.85 of the State Bar’s Rules of Procedure, he was disbarred and the charges against him were deemed admitted.

Among other misconduct, Dorcy failed to perform legal services competently, respond to client inquiries, take any steps to avoid reasonably foreseeable prejudice to his client, return unearned fees or respond to State Bar investigator’s letters. He improperly withdrew from employment and collected advanced fees to perform loan modification services. Additionally, Dorcy failed to file a declaration of compliance with rule 9.20 as required by a California Supreme Court order.

He was ordered to pay $3,500 plus interest in restitution.

JOHN ANDREW MORRISON [#202706], 44, of Seal Beach was disbarred Jan. 8, 2014 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Morrison was disbarred after his default was entered for failing to respond to charges he had violated rule 9.20 in connection with a 2011 disciplinary order. Morrison did not move to have the default set aside within 180 days, as required under rule 5.85 of the State Bar’s Rules of Procedure, so he was disbarred and the charges against him were deemed admitted.

Morrison’s prior discipline was for not providing the required accounting of fees a client paid him, not returning unearned fees, not performing competently, not cooperating in the State Bar’s disciplinary investigation and not communicating with clients.

BRAD DANIEL PORTERFIELD [#134060], 52, of Brea was disbarred Jan. 8, 2014 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court and pay restitution.

Porterfield stipulated to engaging in multiple acts of wrongdoing over a period that spanned nearly four years. He failed to maintain client funds in a client trust account, notify clients promptly of the receipt of the client funds, or render appropriate accounts. He also made misrepresentations to clients and misappropriated money.

In four different personal injury matters, Porterfield settled cases on behalf of clients but did not tell them about the money. In three of the matters, he misappropriated funds totaling more than $88,000, and he has yet to pay two of those clients back. He also misrepresented to one client that there had been a delay in the settlement process of her claim and concealed from another client the fact that her case had settled and that he had received the settlement funds.

Porterfield was ordered to pay $63,333 plus interest in restitution.

In mitigation, Porterfield had no prior record of discipline.

JAMES WADE STEPHENS [#194788], 54, of San Diego was disbarred Jan. 8, 2014 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Stephens was disbarred after his default was entered when he failed to respond to charges that he did not comply with rule 9.20 as required by a 2011 disciplinary order. Because he made no effort to have the default set aside within 180 days, as required by rule 5.85 of the State Bar’s Rules of Procedure, he was disbarred and the charges against him were deemed admitted.

Stephens’ prior discipline was a 90-day actual suspension stemming from three criminal convictions: possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawfully fighting in public and trespassing.

JOHN EDWARD ENGEL [#153043], 57, of Carlsbad was disbarred Jan. 10, 2014 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Engel stipulated that in 2011 he misappropriated $57,808.70 of a client’s settlement funds for his own use, causing his client significant financial hardship. The woman hired Engel for a personal injury matter, and after taking out his fees and money to cover the costs of litigation, Engel was supposed to maintain $107,918.05 in his client trust account. Engel wrote her several checks – one of them against insufficient funds – but did not pay the client all the money she was owed from the settlement until after she filed a State Bar complaint against him.

In mitigation, Engel entered into a pre-filing stipulation with the State Bar, saving time and money, and had no prior record of discipline in 20 years of practicing law.

LESLIE CLARKE ROUNTREE II [#51477], 70, of Fresno was disbarred Jan. 2, 2014 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court and make restitution.

Although he had notice of the date, Rountree failed to show up for trial to face disciplinary charges that he failed to perform with competence, failed to refund unearned fees, shared legal fees with a non-lawyer, commingled personal funds in his client trust account, failed to maintain client funds in a trust account and engaged in an act of moral turpitude. Rountree’s default was entered, and he did not seek to have the default set aside within 90 days as required under rule 5.85 of the State Bar Rules of Procedure. As a result, he was disbarred and the charges were deemed admitted. 

Rountree was ordered to pay $1,500 plus interest in restitution.

DAVID HAYDEN LOOMIS [#110940], 64, of Victorville was disbarred Jan. 8, 2014 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Loomis was disbarred after his default was entered when he failed to appear at trial on charges he violated rule 9.20 in conjunction with a 2011 disciplinary order. Because he made no effort to have the default set aside within 90 days, as required by rule 5.85 of the State Bar’s Rules of Procedure, he was disbarred and the charges against him were deemed admitted.

Loomis was previously suspended for failing to maintain the proper balance in his client trust account.

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