Ray Issa Batarse - #196693
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
PO Box 456
Stanton, CA 90680
|Phone Number:||(714) 351-3613|
|Fax Number:||Not Available|
||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
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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September 25, 2004
RAY I. BATARSE [#196693], 35, of Los Alamitos 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 Sept. 25, 2004.Batarse stipulated to misconduct in three matters. In a medical malpractice case, the defendant offered to settle for $100,000, but Batarse’s client demanded a jury trial. He informed her that if she lost, she would be liable for $15,000 in costs. The client sent Batarse a letter explaining her refusal to settle, but he did not respond.He did not file a lawsuit, but did not inform his client in writing. He claims he informed the client orally and that he did not file suit because he could not secure a medical opinion that the defendant engaged in wrongdoing.He did not respond to his client’s inquiries about the case or return her files.In a breach of contract and discrimination case, Batarse submitted a one-page form letter of complaint to a housing agency on behalf of his client, but he named the wrong person as the party who harassed his client. Although the client notified Batarse of the error, he did not respond or correct the mistake. He did not file a civil complaint or respond to the client’s repeated phone calls. The client sent a certified letter firing Batarse and demanding a return of his file and a refund of the advance $2,500 fee. Batarse refused to accept the letter from the post office, although he received it by e-mail.A third client hired Batarse as his second lawyer in a wrongful termination lawsuit, paying him a $10,000 fee. The day he was hired, Batarse told the client the statute of limitations was approaching and he needed two weeks to prepare the complaint. He also gave the client a waiver form to sign.For four months, the client tried unsuccessfully to contact Batarse, leaving numerous phone messages. Nearly six months later, he went to Batarse’s office and learned the complaint was never filed. He asked for a refund of his money and Batarse gave him $9,000.Batarse stipulated that he failed to respond to client inquiries, return client files, perform legal services competently or cooperate with the bar’s investigation.