Attorney Licensee Profile
Christopher Dean Ferrara #61102
License Status: Inactive
Address: Christopher D. Ferrara, Attorney at Law, 1056 Hunakai St, Honolulu, HI 96816-4611
County: Non-California County
Phone Number: (808) 522-1660
Fax Number: (808) 522-1661
Law School: California Western SOL; San Diego CA
State Bar Court Cases
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October 31, 2003
CHRISTOPHER DEAN FERRARA [#61102], 58, of Honolulu was suspended for five years, stayed, placed on five years of probation with an actual 42-month suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE, comply with rule 955 and prove his rehabilitation. Credit will be given for the suspension that began April 22, 2002. The order took effect Oct. 31, 2003.Ferrara pleaded guilty in 2000 to money laundering.A drug dealer who engaged in a large-scale marijuana smuggling operation in the 1970s and 1980s told Ferrara in 1981 that he wanted to invest in Hawaiian real estate but did not want his name on the deed. Ferrara met with an individual in Hong Kong who created a shell corporation named Orsica and opened a bank account under that name.In his plea agreement, Ferrara acknowledged that he handled transactions involving money derived from drug smuggling, ordered the Hong Kong money manager to transfer funds from the Orsica bank account to the drug dealer's personal bank account, and directed the money manager to locate a textile company in Hong Kong that did not do business in the U.S. These activities were designed to create an apparent source of legitimate income for the drug dealer.Ferrara knew the money was derived from drug smuggling.In mitigation, Ferrara has no prior record of discipline, the criminal conduct occurred more than 15 years ago and no further misconduct has been reported, he provided assistance to federal prosecutors, presented letters attesting to his good character, performed pro bono work and cooperated with the bar's investigation.
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