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Paul Etan Fisher - #125309

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: 125309    
Address: Law Office of Paul E Fisher
1000 Bristol St N #17-106
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone Number: (949) 533-3258
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Orange
Undergraduate School: Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA
District: District 4    
Sections: None Law School: UC Hastings COL; San Francisco CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
11/4/2010 Disbarred  
12/27/2009 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
12/11/1986 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.

11/4/2010 Disbarment 09-C-16599 Disbarred 
12/27/2009 Interim suspension after conviction 09-C-16599 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
1/10/2008 Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 03-O-03126  

Administrative Actions

9/1/2010 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
5/28/2010 Suspended/Child & Fam Supp 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
11/4/2010 09-C-16599 Decision [PDF]
12/27/2009 09-C-16599 Order [PDF]
1/10/2008 03-O-03126 Stipulation [PDF]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

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 attorney discipline records are available upon request.

November 4, 2010

PAUL ETAN FISHER [#125309], 51, of Newport Beach was summarily disbarred Nov. 4, 2010, and was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Fisher pleaded guilty in 2009 to rape by intoxication, oral copulation by intoxication, intercourse with a minor under 16 and committing a lewd act on a child. All four crimes are felonies that involve moral turpitude and thus meet the criteria for summary disbarment.

January 10, 2008

PAUL E. FISHER [#125309], 48, of Santa Ana was suspended for six months, stayed, placed on one year of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Jan. 10, 2008.

Fisher stipulated that he improperly entered into a business relationship with a client and he continued his employment by the same client by filing a motion for a new trial that lacked merit, making a litigation claim that was not warranted.

Fisher represented a longtime friend who was president and chief operating officer of a billboard/outdoor advertising business. The city of Riverside sued the company for constructing a billboard without a permit; the company claimed city ordinances prohibiting the billboard were unconstitutional. The court ordered the company to dismantle the sign after finding the ordinances were constitutional.

An appellate court upheld part of the finding but remanded the case to the trial court for another trial on one issue. After the second trial, the court again issued an injunction and ordered the sign removed.

In a pleading for a new trial, Fisher said newly discovered evidence had been located. In fact, the evidence was neither new nor recently discovered. It was a zoning change application Fisher himself prepared and submitted, and it was an exhibit in the first trial.

Fisher also accepted several loans totaling $77,400 from his client. Although he advised the client to obtain independent legal advice, he did not disclose the terms of the loans in writing or provide any security. Therefore, the terms of the loans were unfair and unreasonable.

He gave the client a credit of $11,500 for legal services, but did not pay the remainder by the deadline because he was ill and, as a result, suffered financial problems. The client initiated legal action to collect the money and Fisher agreed to pay $70,691 in satisfaction of the remaining $65,000 principal debt.

In mitigation, Fisher has no prior discipline record, he was ill at the time he accepted the loan and filed the motion for a new trial, and he cooperated with the bar’s investigation.

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