South San Francisco, CA 94083
|20 March 2010||Disbarred (12 years, 2 months ago)|
|26 July 2008||Not eligible to practice law in CA (13 years, 10 months ago)|
Ordered inactive 06-O-10817
|30 April 2007||Disciplinary charges filed in State Bar Court 06-O-10817 (15 years ago)|
|13 January 2006||Active (16 years, 4 months ago)|
|14 December 2005||Not eligible to practice law in CA (16 years, 5 months ago)|
Discipline w/actual suspension 04-O-10789
|8 November 2004||Disciplinary charges filed in State Bar Court 04-O-10789 (17 years, 6 months ago)|
|5 January 1972||Admitted to the State Bar of California (50 years, 4 months ago)|
March 20, 2010
MICHAEL BRUCE PRICE [#51363], 65, of South San Francisco was disbarred March 20, 2010, and was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.Price continued to practice law while he was suspended in 2005 and he failed to perform legal services competently in the case of a woman who had sought a speedy dissolution of her marriage for financial reasons. Price delayed for a year drawing up a settlement and did so only after the client filed a complaint with the State Bar.The combination of his 2005 violations plus two prior records of discipline led to disbarment. In 2001, Price received a private reproval for failure to communicate and promptly return unearned fees in two matters. In 2003 and 2004 he failed to provide competent legal services, communicate with clients, take steps to avoid prejudice to clients when he withdrew from a case, promptly release client papers and provide appropriate accountings to clients.Priceâ€™s misconduct was committed primarily in the last 10 years of his practice and the court found that since there were no compelling mitigating circumstances in his behavior, disbarment was appropriate.
December 14, 2005
MICHAEL B. PRICE [#51363], 60, of Burlingame was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 30-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Dec. 14, 2005.Price stipulated to 12 counts of misconduct in four cases.He did not complete an uncontested paternity action for a client who paid a $1,500 retainer. He did not communicate with the client, refund her fee or give her file to a new lawyer.In a probate case, he received about $4,200 belonging to an estate, and when his client terminated him, he still had about $1,000 that he did not return for more than a year. He also did not promptly provide the clientâ€™s file to her new lawyer and did not provide an accounting for more than a year.In the third matter, a divorce, he did not advance his clientâ€™s case for six months. When the client fired him, he refused to refund a $3,000 retainer fee and claims the client owes him money. He never accounted for the fee.Another divorce client fired him after a lack of communication, and he did not provide an accounting of the $3,000 retainer for six months or a substitution of attorney form for two months.Price stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently, return client files, account for client funds, communicate with clients or take steps to protect his clientsâ€™ interests.Price was privately reproved in 2001.In mitigation, he had family problems at the time of the misconduct.