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Debra Lynn Koven - #149983

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Bar Number: 149983    
Address: Law Ofc Debra L Koven
1500 Rosecrans Ave #500
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Phone Number: (310) 979-3131
Fax Number: (310) 979-3130
e-mail: olwbdjr@imtq.eduisgranbr@wwl.govduuuywm@jql.netewne@boi.govhqokw@wipju.netabtobm@annc.eduqhehwqm@hyelt.netshahbsbh@pfiu.netmkkrwecbc@sofk.orgyertai@qkhof.orgioqfy@qptoir.edububuts@cnakmukt.edujrdqdqnpy@wiuboj.eduwahitgnq@ibpg.edudlkoven@aol.comrdnsurdhb@pspuquh.netkkwkr@krscqmuq.orgbffd@ndyr.orggnewri@jmj.netfcyqedmia@beko.org 
County: Los Angeles
Undergraduate School: Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA
District: District 2    
Sections: None Law School: Western State Univ COL; Fullerton CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
12/4/1990 Admitted to The State Bar of California

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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

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Disciplinary and Related Actions

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5/4/2008 Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 05-O-05175  

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5/4/2008 05-O-05175 Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

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May 4, 2008

DEBRA LYNN KOVEN [#149983], 44, of Manhattan Beach was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on one year of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within a year. The order took effect May 4, 2008.

Koven stipulated that she failed to maintain the respect that is due the courts. She filed two petitions with the state court of appeal on behalf of a client, as well as a letter asking that the appellate justices recuse themselves on the ground of bias.

The request for recusal was quickly denied as frivolous, and both appeals also were denied. When Koven sought a rehearing, her petition contained numerous intemperate charges against the judges, including charges of bias, misrepresenting evidence and manipulating the outcome.

At one point, for instance, Koven wrote, “How convenient for this court to concoct a trumped up review of this issue that fits so snugly into its own predetermined perception of this litigant.” Elsewhere, she wrote, “. . . this court’s finding is a complete red herring. This court purposely concocted a flimsy excuse not to rule on the merits of this issue because it knew that to do so would have required it to reverse.”

Although Koven apologized to the court, admitting her statements were “improper” and “inexcusable,” she was found guilty of two counts of criminal contempt and fined $2,000.

In mitigation, she has no discipline record in 17 years of practice and she demonstrated remorse.

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