Attorney Licensee Profile
Peter Smith Fullerton #86798
License Status: Not Eligible to Practice Law (Suspended, failed to pay Bar fees)
Address: 61 Cardigan St, London SE11 5PF, ENGLAND
County: Non-California County
Phone Number: 1715870117
Fax Number: Not Available
Email: Not Available
Law School: Stanford Univ Law School; Stanford CA
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June 29, 1997
PETER SMITH FULLERTON [#86798], 54, of Los Angeles was suspended for one year, stayed, and placed on probation for three years on the condition that he is actually suspended for 90 days and until he provides to a client an accounting of $10,000 in advanced fees.If the period of actual suspension exceeds two years, he will remain suspended until he has shown proof of his fitness to practice.He also was ordered to pass the MPRE and comply with rule 955. The order took effect June 29, 1997.In this default case, Fullerton was found culpable of failing to render an accounting to his client, return unearned fees and cooperate with the bar's investigation.Fullerton was retained by a client to represent him in a dispute involving the purchase of property in Santa Monica.The client advanced Fullerton $10,000 in fees, with billing time at $200 an hour. Monthly detailed billings were promised.In December 1993, Fullerton left for England and asked another attorney to contact his client to sign the complaint. The client signed the complaint and the other attorney filed it with the court. By August 1994, however, Fullerton was still in Europe and the other attorney called the client to tell him he had been asked to substitute in on the case.The client agreed, signed a new retainer and asked that Fullerton provide an accounting of the $10,000 advanced fee.Repeated written requests for the accounting were made by the other attorney, but he received no response from Fullerton and none of the fees was returned.Communications sent to England by the State Bar also were unacknowledged. Because he did not participate in the disciplinary proceedings, Fullerton's discipline-free record since his admission to the bar in 1979, was not given any weight in mitigation.Considered as aggravation was Fullerton's non-participation in the proceedings and the fact that his client was significantly harmed by his misconduct.
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