Attorney Licensee Profile
Alan J. Schultz #82726
License Status: Resigned
Address: 16133 Ventura Blvd #PH, Encino, CA 91436
County: Los Angeles County
Phone Number: (818) 986-8080
Fax Number: (818) 788-1033
Email: Not Available
Law School: San Fernando Valley College of Law; Woodland Hills CA
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May 14, 1998
ALAN J. SCHULTZ [#82726], 53, of Encino was suspended for five years, stayed, and placed on probation for seven years on the condition that he is actually suspended for four years and until he has provided proof of his fitness to practice. He was ordered to pass the MPRE and comply with rule 955. The order was effective May 14, 1998.Schultz’ misconduct involved 14 client matters and included, among other things, numerous instances of failure to pay medical liens, accepting settlements without his clients’ approval, client trust fund violations and failure to perform legal services competently.In one instance, Schultz filed a wrongful discharge complaint on behalf of a client, but did not provide a retainer agreement. After the client accepted a $240,000 settlement offer, she objected when Schultz told her he wanted half the proceeds. Schultz received and deposited the settlement check without the client’s knowledge.Schultz issued the client a postdated check for $115,000 and asked her to check with him before she deposited the draft. Two months later she was told she could deposit the check, only to have it returned for insufficient funds.When Schultz learned the check bounced, he issued his client a cashier’s check as a replacement and another check written on his client trust account for $10,000 to compensate her for the problems she had with the bounced check. However, the $10,000 check also bounced.Schultz neglected to maintain the disputed portion of the client’s settlement funds in trust until an agreement had been reached. In addition, when the client requested a breakdown of the funds, Schultz failed to respond.In aggravation, Schultz’ misconduct involved multiple acts of wrongdoing, concealment, deceit and numerous instances of misuse and mismanagement of his client trust account.In mitigation, with the exception of one case, Schultz was candid and cooperated fully with the bar’s investigation. He has acknowledged his wrongdoing and demonstrated willingness to rectify the consequences of his misconduct.Other factors taken into consideration for the purposes of determining appropriate discipline included his lack of a prior record of misconduct.In addition, Schultz has been treated for a chemical dependency and attends meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. During the period of his misconduct, Schultz was embroiled in embittered and protracted litigation regarding a personal business interest, which resulted in his neglect of clients and failure to supervise his law practice.He has been especially diligent in promptly distributing entitled funds to his clients.
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