Attorney Licensee Profile
Richard John Behrens #79764
This licensee is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.
License Status: Disbarred
Address: 7100 Hayvenhurst Ave #F, Van Nuys, CA 91406
County: Los Angeles County
Phone Number: (818) 779-0025
Fax Number: Not Available
Email: Not Available
Law School: Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles 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 20, 2004
RICHARD JOHN BEHRENS [#79764], 56, of Van Nuys was disbarred March 20, 2004, and ordered to comply with rule 955.In a default proceeding, the State Bar Court found that Behrens did not comply with an earlier rule 955 requirement: he did not submit to the Supreme Court an affidavit stating that he notified his clients and all other pertinent parties of his suspension from practice.He was disciplined in 2002 for misconduct in two matters, including failure to perform legal services competently, communicate with clients, return unearned fees or cooperate with the bar’s investigation, and he improperly withdrew from employment.
December 20, 2002
RICHARD J. BEHRENS [#79764], 55, of Van Nuys was suspended for one year, stayed, actually suspended for six months and until he makes restitution and the State Bar Court grants a motion to terminate the suspension, and was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 955. If the actual suspension exceeds two years, he must prove his rehabilitation. The order took effect Dec. 20, 2002.In two default matters, the State Bar Court found that Behrens failed to perform legal services competently, communicate with clients, promptly refund unearned fees, cooperate with the bar's investigation or maintain a current address. He also improperly withdrew from employment.He represented a building contractor who paid him $750 as a "non-refundable retainer" and agreed to pay an hourly fee of $175. When the client called Behrens several weeks later, he said he had done no work on the case. He did not return four additional phone calls or respond to a letter, so the client hired a new lawyer.Behrens did not refund the advance fee. The client won a small claims judgment for $750 plus $60 in costs. He did not pay the judgment.In a second matter, Behrens was hired to set aside his client's guilty plea in federal court. The client's mother paid $600 in advance fees. Behrens filed a motion to set aside the plea, but did not file a response to the government's opposition or appear at two hearings. He did not respond to numerous attempts by the client and his family to contact Behrens. When the family went to the address listed on Behrens' business card, they found he did not have an office there. The judge ordered him to supply a current address, but he ignored the order.
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