Attorney Licensee Profile
Jeffrey Lee Dunavant #181886
This licensee is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.
License Status: Disbarred
Address: 9454 Wilshire Blvd Ste 825, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
County: Los Angeles County
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
Law School: Univ of San Diego SOL; San Diego CA
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August 20, 2003
JEFFREY LEE DUNAVANT [#181886 ], 36, of Los Angeles was disbarred Aug. 20, 2003, and was ordered to comply with rule 955.Dunavant was disbarred following federal convictions in Massachusetts for conspiracy to possess marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, both felonies. The bar court found that the convictions involved moral turpitude.Dunavant was the leader and organizer of an extensive conspiracy to transport and distribute more than 4,500 pounds of marijuana in various parts of the country. He also sold marijuana to put himself through college and law school.The eldest of three children in a dysfunctional family, Dunavant actually began selling marijuana while he was in high school. After he passed the California bar exam, he could not find work, so for three years, he supported himself by dealing drugs.For 18 months, he had people drive about 150 pounds of marijuana from California to the east coast for resale. In mid-1995, he bought a plane and hired pilots to transport about 100 pounds of the drug once a month. Because the business was so successful, he bought a bigger plane to transport 400 pounds of marijuana at a time. According to Judge Robert Talcott, who recommended Duna-vant's disbarment, "it was a sophisticated, expensive operation involving [Dunavant] as the organizer and leader in conjunction with others who had contacts to suppliers and purchasers." Court papers indicated Dunavant transported approximately 4,515 pounds of marijuana to the east coast.He was sentenced to 30 months in prison, four years on supervised release and was fined $200. The sentence departed from the guideline range of 121 to 151 months in prison and a fine ranging from $17,500 to $4 million.Despite extensive mitigation, including Dunvant's deep remorse, several pro bono activities and a statement from the federal prosecutor that he does not consider Dunavant to be a risk to the community, the court recommended his disbarment.Talcott acknowledged Dunavant's efforts to turn his life around but said he was concerned he may turn to drugs again. His conduct "demonstrates abject disrespect for the rule of law, an integral principle for attorneys," Talcott wrote. "It would undermine the integrity of the disciplinary system and damage public confidence in the legal profession if [Dunavant] were not disbarred for his misconduct."
April 14, 2000
JEFFREY LEE DUNAVANT [#181886], 32, of Kirkwood, Mo., was placed on interim suspension April 14, 2000, following his conviction in Massachusetts for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess marijuana. He was ordered to comply with rule 955.
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