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Robert Francis Carbone - #127138

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This member is active and may practice law in California.

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Profile Information

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

Bar Number: 127138    
Address: Law Ofc Robert F Carbone
1215 Eye St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
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Phone Number: (661) 631-1216
Fax Number: (661) 631-8863
e-mail: isgygppn@bnfaor.govnyjr@jjoif.comipmfabggm@sdk.comcarbonemail@carbonelaw.comilskqkwym@bcw.edubffdee@qejiicr.govunlnjti@queonc.govbbliwo@jekog.orgureipk@sqtyqdn.govbwropay@elu.netrodg@rrt.govdemkkggib@illyqb.netrljm@djmtskjp.orgdhgeruppb@dnakso.netrhpr@mafutp.netkbckchs@lcaoiadm.edukrngm@ffjemii.govkuiptqkp@dgmsnb.comkwhbs@omjdh.orgkqowmcbi@elkfcy.org 
County: Kern
Undergraduate School: Trinity Coll; Hartford CT
District: District 5    
Sections: None Law School: Pepperdine Univ SOL; Malibu CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
1/5/1987 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.

9/25/2013 Notice of Disc Charges Filed in SBCt 13-O-10321  
10/14/2011 Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 08-O-12385  

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
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]
Pending 13-O-10321 Response [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.

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