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Karl Werner Schoth - #113572

Current Status:  Disbarred

This member is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.

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Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 113572    
Address: Schoth Creyaufmiller& Assoc
1905 E Rt 66 #102
Glendora, CA 91740
Phone Number: (626) 963-7161
Fax Number: (626) 963-7163
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Los Angeles
Undergraduate School: Univ of British Columbia; Canada
District: District 2    
Sections: None Law School: Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
9/13/2013 Disbarred  
5/15/2012 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
8/12/2011 Active  
7/1/2011 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
6/13/1984 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

9/13/2013 Disbarment 10-O-10777 Disbarred 
5/15/2012 Ordered inactive 10-O-10777 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

7/1/2011 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
9/13/2013 10-O-10777 Opinion [PDF]
3/22/2012 10-O-10777 Modification Order [PDF]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

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September 13, 2013

KARL WERNER SCHOTH [#113572], 58, of Glendora, was disbarred Sept. 13, 2013 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Schoth stipulated to misappropriating $136,430 from five clients to pay family expenses, but sought review of the hearing judge’s recommendation that he be disbarred. Schoth asserted that disbarment was excessive because he was suffering from a traumatic personal crisis at the time of his misconduct.

A three-judge panel upheld the hearing judge’s disbarment recommendation, finding that the mitigation in Schoth’s case “does not clearly predominate, given the seriousness of Schoth’s misconduct, which occurred over a long period of time and was aggravated by additional dishonesty and significant harm to a client who was destitute and in poor health.”

Schoth, who had long maintained a successful personal injury practice, started experiencing problems in 2005 after learning that a family member had been drugged and raped at a party. He began to drink heavily, could not stay focused and only tried two cases between November 2005 and the end of 2010, causing his family’s income to drop significantly. After exhausting his family’s savings, Schoth turned to his client trust account.

The first misappropriation occurred in 2009, when Schoth was required to maintain $117,352 in inheritance money in his client trust account. But by the end of 2009, the balance in the client trust account was just $1,760. When the beneficiaries of the estate, one of whom was struggling financially and in poor health, asked about the money, Schoth told them it was tied up in probate proceedings when, in fact, he was using it for his personal expenses. By the end of March 2011, he had paid the beneficiaries all the money they were owed.

Schoth also failed to maintain adequate funds in his client trust account on behalf of four other clients during the fall of 2009. In each case, Schoth distributed all of the funds due to his clients, but delayed paying their lienholders, often for several months, and used these funds for his personal expenses.

In mitigation, Schoth had 25 years of discipline-free practice prior to the misconduct, was suffering from extreme emotional difficulties, showed candor and cooperated with the disciplinary proceedings and was remorseful for his wrongdoing. A number of witnesses also testified to Schoth’s good character.

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