Attorney Licensee Profile
Gary Steven Kleinman #85232
License Status: Resigned
Address: P O Box 570301, Tarzana, CA 91357
County: Los Angeles County
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
Email: Not Available
Law School: San Fernando Valley College of Law; Woodland Hills CA
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.
August 12, 1998
GARY STEVEN KLEINMAN [#85232], 45, of Encino was suspended for three years, stayed, placed on three years of probation with an actual one-year suspension and until he makes restitution to three parties and provides an accounting of funds to three others, and proves his rehabilitation. He was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 955. The order took effect Aug. 12, 1998.Kleinman stipulated to misconduct in five client matters.In a personal injury case which he settled for $5,500, Kleinman did not pay his client's medical provider. He also let the balance in his client trust account fall below the required minimum.In another personal injury case, he did not pay his clients their settlement funds for three months; when he did, the settlement check bounced. He did not respond to their requests for information, nor did he provide an accounting of their funds.His failure to maintain his clients' funds in trust amounted to moral turpitude.In another matter, Kleinman was hired to file a creditor's claim in a bankruptcy action. When his clients hired a new lawyer, he did not refund their fee.Kleinman also bounced six checks written against his client trust account.Kleinman has been disciplined by the State Bar on three previous occasions. He was publicly reproved in 1992 for collecting an illegal fee, withdrawing from employment without protecting his clients' interests, and failing to inform the bar of the imposition of sanctions.In 1994, he was placed on probation for failing to comply with the conditions of the public reproval, and in 1996, he was given an additional period of probation for improperly withdrawing from representation.In mitigation, Kleinman has endured a string of bad luck. A bakery he co-owned was destroyed by fire, and his partner took off with the insurance proceeds, leaving Kleinman with the responsibility for personally guaranteed bank loans and creditors. He was forced to file for bankruptcy, and has sued his ex-partner.In addition, his law offices were destroyed in the Northridge earthquake in 1994 and Kleinman was forced to restart his practice and reconstruct his files. As a result, he suffered serious financial reversals.Kleinman's nephew, with whom his family was close, died of leukemia in 1996.
February 4, 1996
GARY STEVEN KLEINMAN [#85232], 42, of Encino was suspended for 30 days, stayed, and placed on probation for six months, effective Feb. 4, 1996.Kleinman was hired to represent a client who claimed a medical provider had released his medical records to his employer without his permission. While in the process of arranging for arbitration, Kleinman learned that the client had in fact authorized the release of his medical records. He requested that the client provide him with an explanation, but did not perform any additional work on the case. He did not inform his client that he would no longer represent him and withdrew from the case without taking reasonable steps to protect the future interests of his client. In aggravation, Kleinman received a public reproval in December 1992 and a six-month stayed suspension in October 1994. In mitigation, he cooperated fully with the bar's investigation.
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