Attorney Licensee Profile
Thomas George Key #152520
This licensee is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.
License Status: Disbarred
Address: 360 E 1st St # 739, Tustin, CA 92780
County: Orange County
Phone Number: (714) 838-3974
Fax Number: (714) 838-3978
Law School: American COL; Brea CA
State Bar Court Cases
The listing below is partial, as the State Bar Court is transitioning to online dockets. Please refer to the License Status, Disciplinary and Administrative History section above for a record of discipline cases. Case dockets and documents may be available using the State Bar Court Search for a Case feature.
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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.
July 12, 2002
THOMAS GEORGE KEY [#152520], 52, of Tustin was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on four years of probation with an actual 30-day suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within a year. The order took effect July 12, 2002. Key stipulated to misconduct in three matters. He filed a breach of contract suit in an effort to obtain disputed funds from his client's former limited partners. The Los Angeles sheriff's department seized the funds ($51,687) and gave the money to Key, who deposited $2,500 into a money market account and the remainder into a certificate of deposit account. He distributed all the funds to his client, who did not initiate a complaint against Key. Key stipulated that he failed to deposit client funds in a trust account. In another matter, he stipulated that he issued checks against insufficient funds in his trust account, acts of moral turpitude, and he commingled business and client funds in the account. In the third matter, he did not reimburse the Client Security Fund for more than $6,000 in restitution it paid to a client, as he was required to do in a 1998 disciplinary stipulation. That discipline was the result of his failure to refund unearned fees or to render appropriate accounts of client funds. He provided the CSF with documentation of his financial inability to repay the money. He stipulated that he failed to comply with disciplinary probation requirements. In mitigation, Key cooperated with the bar's investigation, he had severe financial problems, family problems and emotional or physical difficulties, and he demonstrated remorse for his conduct.
July 22, 1998
THOMAS G. KEY [#152520], 48, of Tustin was suspended for six months, stayed, placed on two years of probation with conditions including restitution, and was ordered to take the MPRE. The order took effect July 22, 1998.Key was retained to obtain alien labor certification for a client who paid more than $6,000 in legal fees. Key never filed the documents, provided an accounting or refunded the unearned fees.He has no prior record of discipline and cooperated with the bar's investigation.
The State Bar Court began posting public discipline documents online in 2005. The format and pagination of documents posted on this site may vary from the originals in the case file as a result of their translation from the original format into Word and PDF. Copies of additional related documents in a case are available upon request. On May 31, 2019, the State Bar Court launched online case dockets. If a case was open or filed on or after Feb 7, 2019, documents are being added online as events occur, and can be accessed with the new Search for a Case feature. Older case records are available on request.
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