Attorney Licensee Profile
Lecia Lenette Shorter #139083
This licensee is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.
License Status: Disbarred
Address: 287 S Robertson Blvd #291, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
County: Los Angeles County
Phone Number: (310) 869-5835
Fax Number: (310) 988-2782
Law School: U of San Francisco SOL; San Francisco CA
Summaries from the California Bar Journal are based on discipline orders but are not the official records. Not all discipline actions have associated CBJ summaries. Copies of official licensee discipline records are available upon request.
August 25, 1996
LECIA L. SHORTER [#139083], 46, of Beverly Hills was disbarred Aug. 25, 1996, and ordered to comply with rule 955.In a strongly worded decision, former State Bar Court Judge David Wesley wrote, "to put it plainly, (Shorter) has stolen, lied, and is unrepentant. . . . She is seemingly incapable of conforming her conduct to the professional standards established for California attorneys. . . . Her actions before this court, whether by design or incompetence, have misled the court and have demonstrated her contempt for the disciplinary system."Shorter misappropriated $7,000 from clients she represented in two unlawful detainer actions. Although she claimed the funds were her attorney fees for her alleged representation of the clients in a separate federal case, the judge disagreed. Her trust account records indicated the funds apparently were used by Shorter to settle other clients' personal injury claims and to pay other expenses, he said. Wesley even quoted a federal judge who had accused Shorter of unprofessionalism in the federal case and who said individuals such as Shorter made the legal profession look "worse than used car salesmen."During the disciplinary hearing, Shorter tried to have one of her own witnesses cited for contempt, but her motion was found to be based on a perjured declaration.Wesley called the incident "disturbing," and noted that in another discipline case against Shorter, she made a similar misrepresentation by filing a false proof of service."Although the court considered the conduct at that time to be an extremely aggravating circumstance, (Shorter) was given one more chance and not disbarred," the court wrote. Shorter "has reinforced to this court that she lacks the ability to fulfill her duties and obligations to the public and the legal profession." Shorter did not file quarterly probation reports, but testified her failure was unintentional because she "was suffering from emotional problems, was depressed, and protected herself by blocking out certain things, particularly correspondence from the State Bar."Although Shorter claimed in the most recent case to suffer from depression, the court said she did not present convincing evidence that her mental problems were linked to the misconduct.Shorter was previously disciplined in 1993 after failing to deposit entrusted funds in a trust account.
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