Attorney Licensee Profile
Michael Paul Karr #137718
License Status: Active
Address: Karr & Associates, 1275 Halyard Dr Ste 200, West Sacramento, CA 95691
County: Yolo County
Phone Number: (916) 443-2595
Fax Number: (916) 443-2515
Law School: McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific; CA
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August 27, 2003
MICHAEL P. KARR [#137718], 45, of Sacramento was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a nine-month actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year, comply with rule 955 and prove his rehabilitation. The order took effect Aug. 27, 2003.Karr stipulated that he split fees and formed a partnership with a non-lawyer. According to the stipulation, the non-lawyer, Johnny Formosa, leased office space in Sacramento with the intention of operating a fee-splitting, capping scheme with an attorney for personal injury cases. Formosa had a law partnership with Douglas Hallen, who hired Karr in 1991, in which Formosa received 70 percent of the firm's contingency fee for clients referred by Formosa. Prior to January 1996, Karr entered into a similar fee-splitting arrangement with Formosa. Formosa was responsible for leasing the office and its equipment, hiring and supervising staff, paying salaries and general operating expenses. The firm generally charged a one-third contingency fee. According to the stipulation, Formosa sought out clients, paid cappers and was responsible for making most of the decisions about how the cases were handled. Karr regularly signed various checks but eventually added Formosa as an authorized signatory to his business account. Karr and Formosa dissolved their partnership in 1998 when they learned they were the subjects of a federal investigation. Hallen was disbarred last month. In mitigation, Karr has no record of discipline, he cooperated with the bar's investigation and he rehabilitated himself by changing practice areas.
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