Michael Lee Goolsby - #159660
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
3334 E Coast Hwy Ste 645
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
|Phone Number:||(949) 715-9698|
|Fax Number:||Not Available|
||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California Irvine; Irvine CA|
|CLA Sections:||None||Law School:||UC Hastings COL; San Francisco CA|
|California Lawyers Association (CLA) is an independent organization and is not part of The State Bar of California.|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
|Effective Date||Description||Case Number||Resulting Status|
|7/1/2014||Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees||Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA|
|7/2/2013||Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance||Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA|
Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.
State Bar Court Cases
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DISCLAIMER: Any posted Notice of Disciplinary Charges, Conviction Transmittal or other initiating document, contains only allegations of professional misconduct. The attorney is presumed to be innocent of any misconduct warranting discipline until the charges have been proven.
|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|7/31/2016||15-O-14340||Order re Entry of Default [PDF]|
|8/30/2013||12-O-17100||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
|7/16/2012||09-O-17012||MPRE Suspension Order [PDF]|
|5/21/2011||09-O-17012||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
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.
July 23, 2017
Michael Lee Goolsby [#159660], 50, of Corona Del Mar, was disbarred July 23, 2017, and ordered to notify his clients of the discipline and perform other obligations under rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. He was charged with three counts of misconduct involving willfully violating his duty to comply with two earlier disciplinary probations. Goolsby failed to respond to the notice of charges and his default was entered. In the first of the earlier cases, he stipulated to violating probation for misconduct based on findings including the unauthorized practice of law in violation of another jurisdiction’s regulations and the collection of illegal fees. In the other case Goolsby engaged in the unauthorized practice of law and collected an illegal fee. He violated his probation in those matters by, among other things, failing to submit required reports to the State Bar, make restitution or successfully complete Ethics School. In addition, he falsely stated that he had complied with all the conditions of his probation, thereby committing acts of moral turpitude.
May 10, 2015
MICHAEL LEE GOOLSBY [#159660], 48, of Corona del Mar, was placed on one year of probation and faces a one-year suspension if he does not comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution. The order took effect May 10, 2015.Goolsby stipulated that he practiced law in New Jersey, where he was not admitted, by accepting employment to perform legal services in connection with home loan mortgage modification matters and collecting legal fees. He was ordered to pay $3,250 plus interest in restitution.Goolsby had two prior records of discipline, a 2011 suspension for eight counts of misconduct stemming from loan modification activities and a 2013 suspension for failing to comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation.
August 30, 2013
MICHAEL LEE GOOLSBY [#159660], 46, of Newport Coast, was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years' probation with an actual 90-day suspension and ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Aug. 30, 2013.Goolsby stipulated that he failed to meet numerous conditions of his probation stemming from a 2011 disciplinary order. He failed to contact the Office of Probation within 30 days of the effective date of his suspension, submit five quarterly reports to probation, make restitution payments to his former clients and to attend and pass ethics school within one year of the effective date of discipline.In the underlying discipline, Goolsby was suspended for misconduct related to loan modification activities.
May 21, 2011
MICHAEL LEE GOOLSBY [#159660], 45, of Irvine was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 30-day actual suspension and he was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect May 21, 2011.Goolsby stipulated to eight counts of misconduct stemming from his loan modification activities. In two matters, he was hired to obtain loan modifications for clients in Utah and Hawaii, where he is not admitted to practice. He was not successful in either state and stipulated that he engaged in the unauthorized practice of law and collected illegal fees of $2,745 in Utah and $8,977 in Hawaii.In the third matter, an individual hired Modification Services Inc. after receiving an unsolicited phone call offering loan modification services. Goolsby accepted referrals from MSI and received $3,500 from the client, who later demanded a full refund. Goolsby stipulated that he improperly authorized telephone solicitation of prospective clients and he failed to account for client fees. In mitigation, Goolsby has no discipline record since his 1992 admission to the bar.