Gail Judith Higgins - #164989
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Higgins Law Firm
9663 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 149
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
|Phone Number:||(213) 999-2351|
|Fax Number:||(310) 388-1018|
||Undergraduate School:||Cornell Univ; Ithaca NY|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
|This member has no public record of administrative actions.|
Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.
State Bar Court Cases
NOTE: The State Bar Court began posting public discipline documents online in 2005. The format and pagination of documents posted on this site may vary from the originals in the case file as a result of their translation from the original format into Word and PDF. Copies of additional related documents in a case are available upon request. Only opinions designated for publication in the State Bar Court Reporter may be cited or relied on as precedent in State Bar Court proceedings. For further information about a case that is displayed here, please refer to the State Bar Court's online docket, which can be found at: http://apps.statebarcourt.ca.gov/dockets.aspx
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|
|2/16/2017||16-O-15074||Order re Entry of Default [PDF]|
|8/15/2010||00-O-14412||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
|8/15/2010||00-O-14412||Decision [PDF] [WORD]|
|3/16/2010||00-O-14412||Order Amending Decision [PDF]|
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.
December 30, 2017
Gail Judith Higgins [#164989], 66, of Beverly Hills, was disbarred effective Dec. 30, 2017, and ordered to notify her clients of the discipline and perform other obligations under rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The State Bar Court found that Higgins did not participate in a State Bar disciplinary proceeding, her default was entered and the factual allegations against her were deemed admitted. The allegations included seven counts of charged misconduct in two client matters. Higgins failed to perform with competence by failing to respond to a deficiency notice from the bankruptcy court in which her clients’ case was pending and thereafter failing to take any action to have the proceeding reinstated. She failed to notify her clients that their bankruptcy proceeding was dismissed. She failed to refund the unearned portion of the $2,000 advanced fee she collected from her clients and she failed to provide a substantive response to the State Bar’s letters of inquiry. In the second matter she failed to perform with competence by failing to file a monthly operating report in her client’s first bankruptcy proceedings and, in a second proceeding, failing to respond to motions to dismiss and to turn over property and documents. She failed to attend the meeting of her client’s creditors. She failed to refund $4,700 in unearned fees that she collected from her client and failed to provide a substantive response to the State Bar’s letters.
August 15, 2010
GAIL JUDITH HIGGINS [#164989], 59, of Beverly Hills was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 30-day actual suspension and she must take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Aug. 15, 2010.Higgins successfully completed the Alternative Discipline Program after demonstrating a connection between her mental health issues and her misconduct. She stipulated to misconduct in three matters.She failed to file four quarterly probation reports, as required by a 2002 agreement in lieu of discipline reached after she did not promptly respond to her client’s reasonable status inquiries.In a bankruptcy proceeding, Higgins stipulated that she failed to perform legal services with competence, and in another bankruptcy proceeding, she stipulated that she failed to perform legal services competently, promptly refund unearned fees and costs, respond to her client’s reasonable status inquiries or cooperate in a bar investigation.In mitigation, Higgins had no prior discipline record, cooperated with the bar’s investigation and she had severe financial problems at the time of the misconduct.