Mark Basil Pappas - #113840
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
1080 W "K" St
Benicia, CA 94510-2413
|Phone Number:||(707) 745-8206|
|Fax Number:||(707) 745-9495|
||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||John F Kennedy Univ SOL; Orinda CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
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December 22, 2010
MARK BASIL PAPPAS [#113840], 56, of Benicia was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a six-month actual suspension and he was ordered to take the MPRE within one year and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Dec. 22, 2010.Pappas stipulated to three counts of misconduct in two matters.The first was a third party liability case resulting from an on-the-job injury in which Pappas and the client had a contingency fee agreement. Pappas was to receive 40 percent of the gross of all money received after a lawsuit was filed and the client was to bear the costs. Pappas orally agreed to modify the contract and the terms were later disputed.The case settled and Pappas received three checks totaling $326,311 that he deposited in his client trust account. The client received a separate workers’ compensation settlement of $50,000, handled by a different attorney.Pappas acknowledged that he reduced his contingent fee to 25 percent but calculated it based on the settlement checks plus the $50,000 workers’ comp check. The client disputed Pappas’ right to any part of the workers’ comp money and said he received $46,392 less than he was owed. Pappas was aware of the dispute but let the balance in his trust account fall below that amount. He and the client eventually resolved the dispute and Pappas gave the client a check for $46,000. He stipulated that he failed to maintain client funds in trust.Pappas settled a personal injury claim stemming from a dog bite for $32,500 and said the client was owed $17,861. He wrote a check for that amount that the client did not cash and he allowed the balance in his trust account to fall below that amount. He eventually paid the client more than $20,000.He stipulated that he misappropriated client funds, committing an act of moral turpitude, and he failed to maintain client funds in trust.In mitigation, Pappas cooperated with the bar’s investigation, resolved the issues with his clients, and attended ethics school and client trust accounting school.