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William G. Panzer - #128684

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Profile Information

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

Bar Number: 128684    
Address: 370 Grand Ave #3
Oakland, CA 94610
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Phone Number: (510) 834-1892
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Alameda
Undergraduate School: Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA
District: District 1    
Sections: None Law School: Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
12/16/2010 Active  
11/27/2010 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
10/29/2010 Active  
10/28/2010 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
6/17/1987 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

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11/27/2010 Suspended, failed to pass Prof.Resp.Exam 07-O-10203 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
10/28/2010 Suspended, failed to pass Prof.Resp.Exam 07-O-10203 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
10/3/2009 Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 07-O-10203  

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State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
12/16/2010 07-O-10203 Order [PDF]
10/29/2010 07-O-10203 Order Temp Stay [PDF]
10/28/2010 07-O-10203 MPRE Suspension Order [PDF]
10/3/2009 07-O-10203 Stipulation [PDF]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

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October 3, 2009

WILLIAM G. PANZER [#128684], 55, of Oakland was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Oct. 3, 2009.

Panzer stipulated to three counts of misconduct committed during his representation of a couple who hired him to contest the seizure and proposed forfeiture of more than $400,000 taken when they were arrested on drug charges.

The clients provided Panzer with copies of various notices they had received from the Drug Enforcement Agency; each notice specified a deadline to contest the asset forfeiture as well as advice concerning filing a petition for remission or mitigation.

Panzer made a claim for the seized funds on the deadline, but it was not received at the DEA until after the deadline and was therefore rejected. He never advised his clients whether to seek remission and/or mitigation.

After he wrote a letter to the DEA complaining that the forfeiture was illegal due to a pending criminal indictment of his clients, he did no further work. The DEA issued a declaration of forfeiture of $400,300.

Panzer did not inform his clients of any developments in their case, although they asked for the status of their matter for three years. He told the clients on one occasion that he thought the forfeiture was illegal.

The clients eventually were convicted of crimes related to the possession and distribution of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. They continued to try to learn the status of the forfeiture for another year. Five years passed between the time Panzer was hired and the last e-mail sent by the clients.

He stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently, keep his clients informed of developments in their case or respond to their reasonable status inquiries.

In mitigation, he had no prior discipline record in 14 years of practice.

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