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Stephen Paul Naratil - #174825

Current Status:  Not eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)

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Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 174825    
Address: 937 W 5th St
Benicia, CA 94510-3008
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Solano
Undergraduate School: Long Island Univ; Southampton NY
District: District 1    
Sections: None Law School: Thomas Jefferson SOL; San Diego CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA
12/17/2011 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
12/9/1994 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.

2/21/2015 Discipline w/actual suspension 13-O-13557 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
5/23/2012 Discipline w/actual suspension 11-PM-17824 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
3/12/2012 Suspended, failed to pass Prof.Resp.Exam 06-O-14047 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
12/17/2011 Ordered inactive 11-PM-17824 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
10/24/2011 Petition/Application/Motion filed in SBCt 11-PM-17824  
2/10/2011 Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 06-O-14047  

Administrative Actions

7/3/2012 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
2/21/2015 13-O-13557 Decision [PDF] [WORD]
5/23/2012 11-PM-17824 Decision [PDF] [WORD]
3/12/2012 06-O-14047 MPRE Suspension Order [PDF]
2/10/2011 06-O-14047 Stipulation [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.

February 21, 2015

STEPHEN PAUL NARATIL [#174825], 48, of Benicia, was suspended from the practice of law for two years and until he shows proof of his rehabilitation. He was also placed on three years’ probation and faces a three-year suspension if he does not comply with the terms of his probation. The order took effect Feb. 21, 2015. The State Bar Court found Naratil failed to comply with his disciplinary probation by not filing two quarterly reports to the Office of Probation on time and not filing one quarterly report at all. One of the late reports was incomplete in that he did not certify his compliance with the State Bar Act, the Rules of Professional Conduct and his probation conditions. In addition, he did not submit proof of attending Ethics School by deadline. Naratil had two prior records of discipline. In 2011, he was suspended for four charges of professional misconduct, including sharing legal fees with a non-attorney and three counts of not returning unearned fees. In 2012, he was suspended again for not complying with the terms of his probation in the earlier case.

May 23, 2012

The probation of STEPHEN PAUL NARATIL [#174825], 45, of Benicia was revoked, he was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on probation for two years with an actual one-year suspension and until he makes restitution and he was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. If the suspension exceeds two years, he must prove his rehabilitation. The order took effect May 23, 2012.

Naratil did not comply with probation conditions attached to a 2011 disciplinary order. He filed two quarterly reports late and did not make the required restitution.

In the underlying matter, he shared legal fees with a non-attorney and did not refund unearned fees to three clients.

February 10, 2011

STEPHEN PAUL NARATIL [#174825], 44, of Benicia was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Feb. 10, 2011.

Naratil stipulated to four counts of misconduct in four matters.

He entered into a written agreement with a non-lawyer whose company was to receive 83 percent of Naratil’s legal fees in exchange for services such as marketing and managing his criminal defense practice. Although he informed the bar the arrangement did not interfere with any of his legal representations, he stipulated that he improperly split fees with a non-laywer.

In two cases, he agreed to represent clients in criminal matters in Texas, where he was not admitted. In each matter, he contacted a Texas lawyer asking for help with the case and agreeing to pay the local lawyers a fee. Naratil simply served as an intermediary between the clients and the Texas firms without providing any legal services. In one matter he stipulated that he failed to refund an unearned fee of $26,000 and in the other, the unearned fee amounted to $6,500. Naratil was not aware the clients had not received refunds, and he eventually reimbursed them for the full amount.

Another client and his mother paid Naratil $30,000 to represent him in the event charges were filed in a military court-martial proceeding. Charges were filed after Naratil ended his relationship with the non-lawyer’s company and the client was represented by an attorney provided by the Judge Advocate General’s office. Naratil did not refund any part of the unearned fee, although he has agreed to do so.

In mitigation, he has no discipline record since his 1994 admission to the bar, he cooperated with the bar’s investigation, made substantial restitution payments and submitted evidence of his good character.

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