Attorney Licensee Profile
Lawrence Russell Webb #107404
This licensee is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.
License Status: Disbarred
Address: P O Box 241601, Los Angeles, CA 90024-9401
County: Los Angeles County
Phone Number: (310) 441-0249
Fax Number: Not Available
Email: Not Available
Law School: UC Berkeley SOL; Berkeley CA
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March 21, 1998
LAWRENCE RUSSELL WEBB [#107404], 46, of Los Angeles was suspended for two years, stayed, and placed on probation for two years, with a 90-day actual suspension, effective March 21, 1998. He was ordered to pass the MPRE and comply with rule 955.On review, the State Bar Court found Webb culpable of gross negligence involving moral turpitude. Webb was hired by a client to handle a personal injury matter, which he settled for $8,350. After depositing the settlement check into his client trust account, he sent the client a check for his share of the proceeds. However, the client's check bounced and for the next 45 days, Webb's client trust account fell below the required balance. Webb stated that he contacted the bank and was assured the check was paid, although he received no documentation to that effect. Shortly after, his bank branch was closed as a result of the 1994 earthquake in Los Angeles. Webb said he failed to receive proper information about his client trust account to resolve the problem and did not intentionally allow the balance of his account to fall below the required amount. During the disciplinary hearing he stipulated that he negligently administered his client trust account. Even though Webb's misappropriation stemmed from mismanagement rather than from intentional acts, the bar court review judge found that moral turpitude was involved, as it related to Webb's breach of his fiduciary duty owed to the client. The client was successful in obtaining a small claims court judgment against Webb, which he honored. The review judge disagreed with the hearing department and found that Webb was candid and cooperated with the bar's investigation, which deserved significant weight in mitigation. However, the review judge did not find clear evidence of significant harm to the administration of justice. Aggravating factors included harm to the client and, to a lesser degree, his prior private reproval for assault and battery convictions and violation of two ethical rules. Although the hearing department had recommended a one-year stayed suspension with a one-year probation and a 30-day actual suspension, the review judge recommended a more severe sanction, stating "[b]alancing all relevant circumstances, we believe that the hearing judge's recommendation of 30 days actual suspension must be increased to 90 days."
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