Robert Francis Carbone - #127138
Current Status: Active
This member is active and may practice law in California.
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The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Law Ofc Robert F Carbone
1215 Eye St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
|Phone Number:||(661) 631-1216|
|Fax Number:||(661) 631-8863|
||Undergraduate School:||Trinity Coll; Hartford CT|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Pepperdine Univ SOL; Malibu CA|
|Effective Date||Status Change|
|1/5/1987||Admitted to The State Bar of California|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
State Bar Court Cases
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|2/5/2013||08-O-12385||Order re Extension of Time [PDF]|
|12/11/2012||08-O-12385||Order re Extension of Time [PDF]|
|10/13/2011||08-O-12385||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
|Pending||13-O-10321||Initiating Document [PDF]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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October 14, 2011
ROBERT FRANCIS CARBONE, 51, of Bakersfield was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within a year. The order took effect Oct. 14, 2011.Carbone stipulated to seven acts of misconduct in four matters; in three matters, he did not refund an unearned fee.In a wrongful termination case, he advised the client five months after being hired that his chances of success were small. He offered to refund the portion of the $4,500 advance fee that had not been earned and indicated a balance of $3,970. Although he gave the client $2,500, he didn’t refund the remainder or account for the fees, until he sent a fax indicating the fees were greater than what was shown on an earlier invoice. He ultimately refunded the true amount owed - $1,470.61.In the second matter, after Carbone won guardianship for his clients’ grandson, he owed them $1,080 of their advance fee, but did not respond to their request for a refund or provide an accounting. He refunded the full amount after the clients complained to the bar. He did not respond to the bar investigator’s inquiries.Another client hired Carbone to represent her in obtaining spousal arrears from her former husband. The client repeatedly tried to contact Carbone, whose staff said he had prepared garnishment documents that were awaiting a judge’s signature. They later said he was trying to obtain a lump sum and monthly spousal support from the ex-husband. Carbone didn’t inform the client about a court date and she complained to the bar. He later stipulated to a settlement, without the client’s consent, that awarded her $310 a month from her husband’s retirement in lieu of the arrears owed. Spousal support was zero.He stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently, respond to his client’s reasonable status requests or respond to a bar investigator’s inquiries.Carbone did not refund another client’s advance fee after taking no action to set aside an order his client wished to contest.In mitigation, Carbone had no prior discipline record, cooperated with the bar’s investigation and presented evidence of his good character.