Dean Robert Kitano - #182398
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2107 N Broadway St #204
Santa Ana, CA 92706
|Phone Number:||(714) 540-5324|
|Fax Number:||(714) 571-4560|
||Undergraduate School:||California St Univ Long Beach; CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Western State Univ COL; Fullerton CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
Disciplinary and Related Actions
|Effective Date||Description||Case Number||Resulting Status|
|10/9/2016||Ordered inactive||15-O-13354||Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA|
|This member has no public record of administrative actions.|
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California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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February 19, 2017
DEAN ROBERT KITANO [#182398], 64, of Santa Ana, was disbarred Feb. 19, 2017 and ordered comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.Kitano failed to report to the State Bar a fraud judgment against him, made false representations, sought to mislead a judge or judicial officer and engaged in acts involving moral turpitude.In 2007, through a company he created and served as sole shareholder called ING Radiology Medical Center, Kitano entered into a partnership agreement with Mir Akhorli to establish a MRI facility in Long Beach. Under the agreement, Akhorli and Kitano’s company were 50-50 partners.In December of that year Akhorli entered into a 50-50 agreement with another person to open the same MRI facility. The new partner was unaware at the time of Kitano’s involvement. By the end of January, the new partner was having seconds thoughts about the deal.The relationship continued to deteriorate until the new partner began looking to sell but was unable to get Akhorli to sell his share. Around the same time, Akhorli was sued by an investor in another MRI facility and as a result of the judgment, the Long Beach MRI facility was seized and shut down. In subsequent court papers, Kitano claimed that ING rather than Akhorli was the co-owner of the Long Beach facility.Learning for the first time of ING’s involvement, the new partner sued to get her money back. The court found Kitano liable for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud by concealment, fraud by intentional misrepresentation and a violation of the Uniform Transfer Act and awarded damages. An appeals court later reversed the trial court’s decision pertaining to breach of fiduciary duty but upheld the remaining findings.Kitano’s multiple acts of wrongdoing harmed the new partner, who lost a considerable portion of her life savings. He had no prior record of discipline and entered into a pretrial stipulation with the State Bar.