Saqib A Zuberi - #273389
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|Bar Number: 273389|
3233 Grand Ave Ste 300
Chino Hills, CA 91709
Fax Number: (909) 786-6204
Univ of London; London England
Univ of London; England
|County: San Bernardino
District: District 4
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|6/5/2015||14-O-4341||Order re Entry of Default [PDF]|
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July 9, 2016
SAQIB A. ZUBERI [#273389], 37, of Chino Hills, was disbarred July 9, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.Zuberi was disbarred after his default was entered for failing to respond to a notice of disciplinary charges. Because he did not seek to have the default set aside or vacated within 90 days as required under rule 5.85 of the State Bar’s Rules of Procedure, he was disbarred and the charges against him deemed admitted.He failed to perform legal services with competence, failed to refund unearned fees and accepted fees from a non-client in one matter. In another matter, he failed to deposit client funds in trust and misappropriated $67,704.47. In a third matter, he charged upfront fees for loan modification work, failed to account, failed to submit and negotiate a loan modification, filed an incomplete bankruptcy petition causing it to be dismissed and performed no other legal services on behalf of his client, thereby earning none of the $3,000 in advanced fees paid by his client. He also did not promptly refund unearned fees.In addition, Zuberi failed to respond to letters from a State Bar investigator or comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation.He had two prior records of discipline, a 2014 suspension for of failing to promptly return unearned fees or participate in a disciplinary investigation and a 2015 suspension for ethical violations in six client matters, which included charging and collecting fees before completing all services in a loan modification matter, entering into a business transaction with a client without taking the appropriate steps to protect the client’s interests, and failing to perform with competence, return unearned fees, render accountings or participate in six disciplinary investigations.
July 19, 2015
SAQIB A. ZUBERI [#273389], 37, of Chino Hills, was suspended from the practice of law for two years and ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court and make restitution. He was also placed on three years’ probation and faces a three-year suspension if he does not comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation. The order took effect July 19, 2015.Zuberi stipulated to misconduct in six client matters, including failing to perform legal services with competence by not filing a lis pendens, a notice of a pending lawsuit, on real property or returning the $13,925 the client paid him to do so and failing to render an accounting. In another matter, he agreed to do a loan modification and charged a client $3,450 upfront to do so. He also failed to properly prepare a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition on a couple’s behalf, failed to promptly return a $250 fee they paid, and did not give them a proper accounting.In a fourth matter, he did not represent a client in a criminal matter as he agreed to, but did not return any of the $1,500 in advanced fees he was paid or provide an accounting. In addition, he entered into a business transaction with a client without advising the client of his right to seek the advice of an independent attorney, did not prepare a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition for a client, did not repay any amount of the $1,000 fee the client paid and did not provide an accounting. Zuberi also did not respond to multiple letters from a State Bar investigator looking into the allegations against him. Zuberi was ordered to pay $17,625 plus interest in restitution.He had one prior record of discipline, a 2014 suspension for misconduct in two client matters: two counts of failing to promptly refund unearned fees and two counts of failing to participate in a disciplinary investigation.
August 21, 2014
SAQIB A. ZUBERI [#273389], 36, of Pomona, was placed on probation for two years and faces a one-year suspension if he does not comply with the terms of his probation. He was also ordered to take the MPRE. The order took effect Aug. 21, 2014.Zuberi stipulated to misconduct in two client matters: two counts of failing to promptly refund unearned fees and two counts of failing to participate in a disciplinary investigation. In the first matter, Zuberi was hired to help a client with her immigration matter. The woman paid Zuberi $3,000 in advanced fees but later told Zuberi she wanted to cancel her contract because her uncle was ill. Zuberi did not refund the unearned fees for over a year, after a State Bar complaint was made about him. He also did not respond to a State Bar investigator inquiring about the allegations made against him.Zuberi engaged in similar misconduct in another matter after he was hired by a client to guide her in a civil dispute she was having with her brother and sister-in-law. The client signed a retainer agreement and paid $7,500 in advanced fees but later canceled his services and asked for a refund.Zuberi did not repay her for more than nine months, after a complaint was made to the State Bar. He also did not respond when a State Bar investigator inquired about the allegations.