Attorney Licensee Profile
Leo Johnathan Ramos #163498
License Status: Not Eligible to Practice Law (Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance)
Address: P O Box 6725, Phoenix, AZ 85005
County: Non-California County
Phone Number: (602) 254-5606
Fax Number: (602) 254-5488
Email: Not Available
Law School: UCLA SOL; Los Angeles CA
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December 1, 1995
LEO J. RAMOS [#163498], 28, of Beverly Hills was suspended for two years, stayed, and placed on probation for two years on the condition that he actually be suspended for nine months and until he makes restitution.If the period of suspension continues for two years or longer, he will remain actually suspended until he has provided proof of his rehabilitation, fitness to practice and learning and ability in the general law. He also was ordered to comply with Rule 955 and pass the CPRE. The order took effect Dec. 1, 1995. Ramos was employed by the widow and four children of a man who was killed in an auto accident on his way to work. He was hired to represent them in a wrongful death action and all other related rights and probate matters arising from the accident. Ramos performed the legal work, deposited the $44,000 insurance settlement in his client trust account and disbursed to himself the agreed fees of 33 percent. However, he failed to promptly disburse the trust funds to his clients, failed to maintain the full amount of the undistributed funds in his client trust account and misappropriated some funds. He eventually reimbursed and maintained the full amount of the undisbursed funds. Ramos' retainer agreement of 33 percent of the insurance proceeds and the decedent's $1,900 tax refund were considered "grossly unconscionable" in proportion to the value and type of services he performed. Ramos has made partial restitution and will refund the remaining $20,000, with interest, to his former clients. In mitigation, Ramos promptly admitted his misconduct and agreed to refund unearned legal fees. He also displayed candor and cooperated with the bar's investigation, stipulating to the bar's recommended discipline. In addition, many individuals from his church and past clients submitted letters of recommendation in his support.
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