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Edward Eligio Vargas - #135697

Current Status:  Resigned with Charges Pending

This member is resigned and may not 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: 135697    
Address: 500 N Rainbow Blvd #300
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Phone Number: (702) 221-1965
Fax Number: (702) 221-1968
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Non-California
Undergraduate School: Univ of Southern Calif; Los Angeles CA
District: Outside California    
Sections: None Law School: Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Resigned
6/6/2008 Resigned  
8/16/2007 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
8/25/2005 Active  
6/26/2005 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
8/9/1993 Active  
7/19/1993 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
10/21/1988 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.

6/6/2008 Resignation with charges pending 07-Q-13554 Resigned 
9/7/2007 Vol.inactive(tender of resign.w/charges) 07-Q-13554 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
6/26/2005 Discipline w/actual suspension 02-O-13027 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

8/16/2007 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
7/19/1993 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

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.

June 26, 2005

EDWARD ELIGIO VARGAS [#135697], 48, of Las Vegas was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on three years of probation with a 60-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect June 26, 2005.

Vargas stipulated that he aided non-lawyers in the unauthorized practice of law and failed to maintain proceedings that were legal. He served as of counsel for California Legal Services Inc. (CLS), a non-attorney legal service provider. On multiple occasions, Vargas permitted two non-lawyers who worked for CLS to interview clients and sign his name to documents without his review.

In two lawsuits filed against CLS clients, Vargas was designated as the attorney of record but was never actually employed by CLS to represent the defendants. In one matter, CLS filed a frivolous cross-complaint, based on facts that had been rejected in a small claims case, and in the other, CLS filed a factually deficient cross-complaint.

Vargas was not involved in the first matter at all and had little control over the second matter, although he appeared in court and filed some documents. The court sanctioned him $6,500 after ruling that a demurrer and another motion in the second matter were frivolous.

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