Jerome Edelman - #41749
Current Status: Not eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)
See below for more details.
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
c/o Mission Steel, Inc.
PO Box 10698
San Bernardino, CA 92423
|Phone Number:||(909) 307-1877|
|Fax Number:||(909) 307-1088|
||Undergraduate School:||Temple Univ; Philadelphia PA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA|
|Effective Date||Status Change|
|Present||Not Eligible To Practice Law|
|7/2/2013||Not Eligible To Practice Law|
|8/26/2000||Not Eligible To Practice Law|
|1/19/1968||Admitted to The State Bar of California|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law
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.
August 26, 2000
JEROME EDELMAN [#41749], 61, of Tustin was suspended for six months, stayed, placed on two years of probation with an actual 30-day suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Aug. 26, 2000.Edelman stipulated that, without obtaining his clients’ written consent, he represented multiple clients in a matter in which the clients’ interests conflicted. He also commingled personal and client funds in his client trust account.Edelman substituted in to a bankruptcy matter which concluded without settling one debt, because neither the debt nor the creditors was listed on the petition’s schedule of creditors. The couple who filed for bankruptcy and the creditors in question all were clients of Edelman.The bankrupt clients decided to pay the creditors and gave Edelman $6,000. He withdrew fees from both couples and paid a balance of $1,525 to the creditors. They returned the check, saying they were entitled to more money.Edelman placed the funds in his client trust account and left it there while he performed $1,525 worth of work for the creditors/clients. He did not withdraw the funds as his fees for three months, and thus commingled personal and client funds.Edelman also was disciplined in 1996 for charging an unconscionable fee, failing to refund an unearned fee and committing acts of moral turpitude.
October 17, 1996
JEROME EDELMAN [#41749], 57, of Orange was suspended for two years, stayed, and placed on probation for two years, effective Oct. 17, 1996. He was ordered to pass the MPRE.Edelman was hired by a client to represent her in a bankruptcy matter in 1987. In 1989, Edelman was discharged by the bankruptcy court after determining that he failed to show the necessary competence or experience to comply with a previous disgorgement order.In 1991, the client requested Edelman to resume work on her case. Edelman received advanced attorney's fees of $10,000 from the client's sister, without receiving approval from the bankruptcy court, considered an act of moral turpitude.In 1992, the client's sister requested that Edelman return the $10,000 fee, but he failed to respond or promptly refund the money.In 1994, the bankruptcy court issued an order to disgorge the unauthorized $10,000, but Edelman failed to comply with the order or establish that advanced fees were allowed.It was stipulated that Edelman subjectively believed he was in compliance with the bankruptcy code. He began paying restitution prior to the bar's involvement and performed 200 hours of community service.In aggravation, Edelman's misconduct involved multiple acts of wrongdoing and significantly harmed his clients. In mitigation, Edelman has been a member of the State Bar since 1968 with no prior record of misconduct.Edelman did attorney work in the bankruptcy matter and has disgorged all fees received.