6819 Sepulveda Blvd Ste 304
Van Nuys, CA 91405-4464
|9 August 2011||Active (8 years, 8 months ago)|
|11 February 2011||Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA (9 years, 1 month ago)|
|7 June 2003||Admitted to The State Bar of California (16 years, 10 months ago)|
|11 February 2011||09-O-14283|
Discipline w/actual suspension (Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA)
|25 February 2009||06-O-11096|
Discipline, probation; no actual susp.
|28 June 2006||05-O-00884|
Public reproval with/duties
February 11, 2011
PATRICIA GREENWALD GITTELSON [#225843], 54, of Van Nuys was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a six-month actual suspension and she was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Feb. 11, 2011.Gittelson stipulated that she did not comply with probation conditions attached to a 2009 disciplinary order. She contacted the probation department late, submitted three quarterly probation reports, submitted a law office management plan and proof of restitution after the deadline, and she did not complete the required MCLE courses.She was publicly reproved in 2006 and the underlying discipline was imposed for her failure to provide competent legal services. In mitigation, she is the primary caretaker for family members who have serious medical issues.
February 25, 2009
PATRICIA GREENWALD GITTELSON [#225843], 53, of Van Nuys was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation and was ordered to prove her rehabilitation. The order took effect Feb. 25, 2009.Gittelson stipulated that she failed to perform legal services competently and improperly entered into an agreement with her client that required him to withdraw a disciplinary complaint against her or to not cooperate with a bar investigation.She represented the client who was seeking asylum before the immigration court. When his petition was denied, he asked Gittelson to file an appeal within 30 days of the order. She filed an untimely notice of appeal, which was dismissed. One of Gittelson’s employees told the client the appeal was proceeding before she knew it was dismissed.It was not until two months later, when the client received a deportation notice, that he learned his appeal was dismissed because Gittelson filed it late. He sued Gittelson, alleging breach of contract, general negligence and fraud.Gittelson entered into a stipulated judgment with the client, who agreed to dismiss his State Bar complaint. Gittelson agreed to pay the client $18,000.Gittelson was publicly reproved in 2006.In mitigation, she cooperated with the bar’s investigation.