Sean Donrad - #242665
Current Status: Not eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)
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The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
c/o Jale Mirzai
225 41 St Apt 510
Oakland, CA 94611
|Phone Number:||(510) 978-1309|
|Fax Number:||Not Available|
||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA|
|Effective Date||Status Change|
|Present||Not Eligible To Practice Law|
|6/25/2013||Not Eligible To Practice Law|
|1/7/2011||Not Eligible To Practice Law|
|6/1/2006||Admitted to The State Bar of California|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law
State Bar Court Cases
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|7/26/2014||12-O-14753||Decision [PDF] [WORD]|
|6/25/2013||13-AE-12148||Decision [PDF] [WORD]|
|4/12/2012||10-O-05018||Order re Costs [PDF]|
|10/9/2011||10-O-05018||Decision [PDF] [WORD]|
|1/7/2011||10-O-05018||Order re Entry of Default [PDF]|
|Pending||13-O-14814||Initiating Document [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.
September 13, 2013
SEAN DONRAD [#242665], 45, of Piedmont, was suspended for two years, stayed, and placed on two years' probation with an actual suspension of one-year and until he makes restitution. He was also ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Sept. 13, 2013.Donrad sought review of a hearing judge’s discipline recommendation for committing ethical violations involving three clients: performing incompetently, committing an act of moral turpitude by misrepresentation, misleading a judge, engaging in the unauthorized practice of law and failing to return unearned fees, render an accounting or inform a client of significant developments. A three-judge review panel adopted the hearings judge’s findings and discipline recommendation.In one of the matters Donrad was disciplined for, which occurred in 2009, he charged a client $3,800 to help settle his divorce case, but didn’t perform any legal services on his behalf. The client fired him and asked him for an accounting of the $3,800 and a refund of any unearned fees, but Donrad never responded.In another matter, Donrad was hired to represent a homeowner in a complaint filed against his homeowners’ association alleging that it had improperly collected dues. In January 2011, he was enrolled inactive and ineligible to practice law after his default was entered in a prior discipline case. Donrad did not tell the client about his status, then failed to show up for a critical hearing and failed to arrange for another attorney to appear in his place.Donrad was ordered to pay $3,800 plus interest in restitution.Donrad’s default stemmed from a 2011 discipline in which he was suspended for failures to perform with competence, release a client file or refund unearned fees in a single client matter.
October 9, 2011
SEAN DONRAD, 44, of Piedmont was suspended for one year, stayed, actually suspended for 60 days and until he makes restitution and the State Bar Court grants a motion to terminate the suspension, and he was ordered to take the MPRE. If the actual suspension exceeds 90 days, he must comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court; if it exceeds two years, he must prove his rehabilitation. The order took effect Oct. 9, 2011.In a default proceeding, the bar court found that Donrad failed to perform legal services competently, return a client’s file or refund an unearned fee in a patent infringement claim he handled for a client who paid a $5,000 advance fee. Although he agreed to perform various legal duties, he took no action of substantive value and the client fired him. He provided no information about a potential claim and didn’t prove that he had sent various demand letters. The client asked for a refund and a return of her files.