Attorney Licensee Profile
Bruce Dwight Curnick #151869
This licensee is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.
License Status: Disbarred
Address: Curnick & Associates, 28362 Vincent Moraga Dr #A, Temecula, CA 92590
County: Riverside County
Phone Number: (951) 695-2475
Fax Number: (951) 699-3605
Email: Not Available
Law School: Thomas Jefferson SOL; San Diego CA
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July 19, 2000
BRUCE D. CURNICK [#151869], 46, of Temecula was disbarred July 19, 2000, and was ordered to comply with rule 955.In a default hearing, the State Bar Court found Curnick committed 18 violations of professional rules, including misappropriating about $40,000 of client funds, making misrepresentations to clients, disregarding the welfare of seven clients and acts of moral turpitude.Recommending Curnick’s disbarment, Judge Madge S. Watai found that he failed to perform legal services three times, return unearned fees five times, return one file, maintain his client trust account properly, provide an accounting to one client and disburse settlement funds. He committed three acts of moral turpitude, including twice making misrepresentations to clients and one instance of misappropriation.Three clients won default judgments against Curnick in small claims court.In a bankruptcy case in which Curnick filed a Chapter 11 petition, he then did not do the required follow-up work. When his clients received an offer from an investor which would have enabled them to bring all debts current and dismiss the bankruptcy, Curnick did not file a dismissal motion despite several requests from the clients to do so. He told the clients he had filed the motion. Eventually one of the clients filed the motion himself.In another matter, Curnick settled a personal injury claim for $80,000, gave almost $19,000 to the client, took his fee and costs and said he would hold the remaining $35,000 to pay any Medi-Cal liens that might be filed. He misappropriated that money.The client obtained a default judgment against him for more than $41,000, which he never paid.
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