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Joseph Guy Maiorano - #113876

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: 113876    
Address: Joseph G. Maiorano
PO Box 121055
San Diego, CA 92112
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: San Diego
Undergraduate School: Univ of Rhode Island; Kingston RI
District: District 4    
Sections: None Law School: Western State Univ; CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
1/30/2014 Disbarred  
8/11/2013 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
1/5/2009 Active  
11/6/2008 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
6/14/1984 Admitted to The State Bar of California

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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

1/30/2014 Disbarment 12-O-11925 Disbarred 
8/11/2013 Ordered inactive 12-O-11925 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
11/6/2008 Discipline w/actual suspension 06-O-12098 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

This member has no public record of administrative actions.

Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

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State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
1/30/2014 12-O-11925 Decision [PDF] [WORD]
11/6/2008 06-O-12098 Stipulation [PDF]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

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January 30, 2014

JOSEPH GUY MAIORANO [#113876], 58, of San Diego was disbarred Jan. 30, 2014 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

The State Bar Court found Maiorano culpable of failing to promptly pay client funds in one client matter and misappropriation and loaning money to a client without complying with the requirements of Rule of Professional Conduct 3-300 in another matter.

In the first matter, Maiorano did not return funds to his client trust account after a client disputed fees Maiorano charged him. In the other matter, he misappropriated $8,950 in settlement funds he was holding for a client who had been injured in a car accident and loaned the man money, but did not advise him in writing of the terms of the loans and of his right to seek the advice of an independent attorney.

Maiorano had been disciplined on one prior occasion. In November 2008, he was suspended after representing to an insurance company that he was holding $72,000 in a client trust account and agreeing to “freeze” that amount, when the balance in his account at the time was only $4,075.

He received some mitigation for entering into an extensive stipulation with the State Bar. He also made restitution and a number of character witnesses testified on his behalf.

November 6, 2008

JOSEPH GUY MAIORANO [#113876], 53, of San Diego was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on one year of probation with a 60-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Nov. 6, 2008.

Maiorano represented an individual who was sued in federal court by an insurance company that alleged the client owed insurance premiums he had collected. The client said he owed about $72,075 and gave Maiorano a check for that amount to hold in trust as an offer of good faith.

The insurance company initially rejected the offer. Maiorano withdrew $68,000. When the company agreed to the offer two months later, Maiorano agreed to “freeze” $72,000 in his trust account pending a court order. He knew he held only $4,000 for the client.

Maiorano stipulated that he committed an act of moral turpitude by signing an interim settlement agreement that contained a false statement.

In mitigation, he cooperated with the bar’s investigation and he submitted numerous letters attesting to his good character.

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