Attorney Licensee Profile
R Scott Dervaes Jr #202133
This licensee is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.
License Status: Disbarred
Address: Sixth Floor, 140 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94105-3727
County: San Francisco County
Phone Number: (415) 200-4545
Fax Number: (415) 200-4546
Law School: Univ of San Diego SOL; San Diego CA
State Bar Court Cases
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June 15, 2002
R. SCOTT DERVAIS II [#202133], 33, of San Francisco was suspended for three years, stayed, placed on five years of probation with an actual two-year suspension and was ordered to prove his rehabilitation, take the MPRE and comply with rule 955. The order took effect June 15, 2002.Dervais stipulated to misconduct in three consolidated matters.He substituted in to a wrongful termination case for which he received $3,000 in advance fees and costs. After meeting with the client so she could provide him with discovery answers, he did no further work on the case. He did not return the client's numerous phone calls and when she hired a new lawyer, he did not provide the file or sign a substitution form. He also did not refund any of the advance fee.He stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently, communicate with his client, take steps to avoid prejudice to his client, refund an advance fee or maintain a current address with the State Bar. He also improperly withdrew from employment and misappropriated client funds.In the second matter, Dervais signed a student loan application which contained four factual errors, including the misspelling of his name and transposing two numbers in his Social Security number. Dervais' uncle served as the guarantor on the loan, which Dervais did not repay. He stipulated that he committed an act of moral turpitude.In the third matter, he represented a client in a civil action, receiving $4,000 in advance fees. Because he was out of his office for two months, he sought an extension of time to respond to discovery. Although it was granted, Dervais did not respond to discovery, return his client's phone calls, or inform the client about a scheduled case management conference. The client learned about the conference when his wife reviewed the court's docket. He appeared but Dervais did not. The client hired a new lawyer and the court ordered Dervais to pay the client $473 in sanctions. The case finally was resolved at a settlement conference.Dervais stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently, respond to a client's status inquiries, pay court-ordered sanctions, refund unearned fees or cooperate with the bar's investigation. He also improperly withdrew from employment.In mitigation, Dervais states that he suffered from serious emotional problems while a young adult and became addicted to ketamine. He completed a 28-day rehabilitation program. He claims he was referred to an attorney who was to help him wrap up some pending cases, but he never followed up or filed substitutions of attorney in the cases, nor did he file motions to withdraw.
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