Attorney Licensee Profile
Norma Salamon Berneman #161950
License Status: Active
Address: 1096 S Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019-1529
County: Los Angeles County
Phone Number: (323) 630-6184
Fax Number: (323) 935-1115
Law School: San Fernando Valley College of Law; Woodland Hills 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.
March 4, 2004
NORMA S. BERNEMAN [#161950], 57, of Los Angeles was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on one year of probation with a 90-day actual suspension and was ordered to prove her rehabilitation, take the MPRE within one year and comply with rule 955. The order took effect March 4, 2004.Berneman stipulated that she misappropriated client funds, failed to maintain client funds in her trust account and committed two acts of moral turpitude, including signing someone else’s name on a check.An individual executed a trust agreement, naming herself as trustee and Berneman as successor trustee. Another woman was a beneficiary of the trustee’s life insurance policy. When the trustee died, Berneman made a claim to receive the proceeds of the life insurance policy. There is a dispute over whether Berneman informed the beneficiary of the existence of the policy, whether she told the woman she was a beneficiary and whether Berneman was authorized to make a claim on the other woman’s behalf for the proceeds of the policy. Berneman concedes that she did not have authority to endorse the $5,025 check payable to the beneficiary, although she did so without taking adequate steps to locate her.The beneficiary eventually learned about the life insurance policy from a bank and hired a lawyer to follow up her claim. When that attorney learned that Berneman had received the settlement, she repaid the money plus interest.In mitigation, Berneman has no prior record of discipline.
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