Neil Cyril Newson - #41497
Current Status: Active
This member is active and may practice law in California.
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The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Neil C Newson & Associates
9100 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
|Phone Number:||(310) 278-7555|
|Fax Number:||(310) 278-4310|
||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles CA|
|Effective Date||Status Change|
|1/5/1968||Admitted to The State Bar of California|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
|Effective Date||Description||Case Number||Resulting Status|
Disciplinary and Related Actions
|1/14/2010||Discipline, probation; no actual susp.||06-O-14115|
|This member has no public record of administrative actions.|
State Bar Court Cases
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California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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January 14, 2010
NEIL CYRIL NEWSON [#41497], 70, of Beverly Hills was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on three years of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Jan. 14, 2010.Newson stipulated that he failed to account for client funds, maintain a written ledger for his client trust account or preserve for five years complete records of all client funds coming into his possession.He represented a physician in a medical malpractice case, for which he received a $10,000 fee, and an unlawful detainer matter filed by the doctor’s landlord. Newson and the client agreed that Newson would bill for fees and costs for the unlawful detainer later. He refunded $5,000 to the doctor because a suitable expert was not available for the malpractice case.When the unlawful detainer case went to trial, Newson had not billed the doctor but had spent more than 20 hours on the case and $400 in costs. He lost the case.About six weeks later, the malpractice case settled, with the defendants forgiving the doctor for more than $200,000 he owed the hospital for procedures performed there. Newson sent the client a letter in which he stated that no additional fees were owed and that Newson might send a “small refund shortly” after computing the bill for the unlawful detainer case.The doctor demanded a refund of the $10,000 he paid for expert witnesses as well as an itemized bill. A week later, he complained to the bar. Although Newson apologized for the delay, he never sent a bill or a refund. He also told the bar he did not keep a trust account ledger for the doctor’s fees and did not have records sufficient to prepare an accounting for the unlawful detainer action. The bar advised the doctor to seek fee arbitration, but he had not done so at the time of the stipulation.In mitigation, he has no prior discipline record in 40-plus years of practice.