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Roger William Shpall - #47142

Current Status:  Disbarred

This member is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.

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Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 47142    
210 N Clark Dr Apt 1
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone Number: (310) 871-9901
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Los Angeles
Undergraduate School: Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA
District: District 2    
Sections: None Law School: Loyola Law School; Los Angeles CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
11/25/2016 Disbarred  
7/11/2016 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
6/11/2014 Active  
3/13/2014 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
6/26/1970 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

11/25/2016 Disbarment 15-O-12637 Disbarred 
7/11/2016 Ordered inactive 15-O-12637 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
3/13/2014 Discipline w/actual suspension 13-O-10282 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

7/1/2016 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
11/25/2016 15-O-12637 Decision [PDF]
3/13/2014 13-O-10282 Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]

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.

November 25, 2016

ROGER WILLIAM SHPALL [#47142], 73, of Beverly Hills, was disbarred Nov. 25, 2016 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court and make restitution.

Shpall misappropriated $8,815.11 that was supposed to cover two liens against his clients and commingled his own funds in his client trust account which he used to pay his personal expenses.

In aggravation, Shpall had one prior record of discipline, engaged in multiple acts of wrongdoing and failed to make restitution. In addition, his misconduct significantly harmed the lienholders.

Shpall was ordered to pay $8.850.70 plus interest in restitution.

March 13, 2014

ROGER WILLIAM SHPALL [#47142], 70, of Beverly Hills was suspended for two years, stayed, place on two years’ probation with an actual 90-day suspension and ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect March 13, 2014.

Shpall stipulated to failing to render appropriate accounts to a client, promptly pay funds a client was entitled to receive, promptly respond to a client’s reasonable status inquiries or cooperate in a State Bar investigation.

In 2008, a man hired Shpall to represent him in a personal injury case which ultimately settled before trial. At the time Shpall agreed to provide the client with an itemized statement of all fees, costs and medical expenses deducted from the settlement proceedings. But he never provided an accounting.

Shpall also did not pay the client’s medical bill from the settlement funds, despite holding a portion of the money, presumably to pay the medical lien. After receiving a bill for his medical costs, the client tried repeatedly to get ahold of Shpall both by phone and in person. On Jan. 11, 2013, the State Bar opened an investigation into Shpall’s conduct. For almost a month, a State Bar investigator tried to reach Shpall to discuss the allegations in the complaint but he did not respond. On Aug. 29, 2013, prior to the filing of charges, Shpall paid the medical bill.

In mitigation, Shpall had no prior discipline in more than 39 years of practicing law and entered into a prefiling stipulation.

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