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Frank Patrick Sprouls - #166019

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This member is active and may 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: 166019    
Address: Ricci Sprouls PC
445 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Phone Number: (415) 391-2100
Fax Number: (415) 391-4678
e-mail: Not Available 
County: San Francisco
Undergraduate School: San Francisco State Unv; San Francisco CA
District: District 1    
Sections: None Law School: Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
8/1/2011 Active  
4/29/2011 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
11/24/1993 Admitted to The State Bar of California

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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

4/29/2011 Discipline w/actual suspension 06-J-15200 Not Eligible To Practice Law 

Administrative Actions

This member has no public record of administrative actions.


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State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
5/11/2012 06-J-15200 Order re Extension of Time [PDF]
Pending 06-J-15200 Opinion [PDF] [WORD]
Pending 06-J-15200 Modification Order [PDF]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

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April 29, 2011

FRANK PATRICK SPROULS [#166019], 55, of San Francisco was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 90-day actual suspension, and he was ordered to take the MPRE within one year and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect April 29, 2011.

The State Bar sought review of a hearing judge’s recommendation that Sprouls be given only a stayed suspension as the result of misconduct in two matters. The State Bar Court review department increased the recommended discipline after finding he committed extensive misconduct in immigration cases.

The hearing judge found, and the review department agreed, that Sprouls committed 51 acts of misconduct before the Ninth Circuit, which disciplined him for professional misconduct. The review panel did not agree with the bar’s argument that Sprouls committed acts of moral turpitude as the result of gross negligence. His misconduct was divided into four general categories: petitions for review that were dismissed for lack of jurisdiction or summarily denied; petitions for review that were dismissed for failure to prosecute; opening briefs that were filed late; and performance that was lacking for other reasons.

In the second matter, in which a client hired Sprouls to rescind a removal order, both the hearing judge and the review panel found that he Sprouls failed to perform legal services competently by filing a motion that didn’t comply with immigration court requirements. He also delegated preparation of legal documents to non-lawyers in his office and failed to supervise them adequately.

In mitigation, Sprouls had no discipline record in 10 years of practice, acknowledged his wrongdoing, submitted evidence of his good character and did extensive pro bono work


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