Andrew James Stern - #51648
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8642 Gregory Way Unit 202
Los Angeles, CA 90035
|Phone Number:||(323) 782-8040|
|Fax Number:||(323) 782-8050|
||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA|
|CLA Sections:||None||Law School:||Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles CA|
|California Lawyers Association (CLA) is an independent organization and is not part of The State Bar of California.|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
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California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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February 7, 2018
Andrew James Stern, [#51648], 73, of Los Angeles was disbarred effective Feb. 7, 2018, ordered to notify all his clients of the discipline and to perform other obligations under rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. Stern was found culpable of moral turpitude by deliberately breaching his fiduciary duty to a client, who was a dependent adult under California law. Stern was hired to assist a client with managing his family trust, which was created to protect a house he and his sister—also a dependent adult— lived in. Stern then accepted employment to represent a contractor who was working on the house. Stern subsequently took actions which were not in the best interests of his first client. For example, he had his initial client execute a power of attorney to the contractor, which allowed the contractor to access the trust property. The contractor then ran up large, unsubstantiated bills, which Stern paid from funds received from a loan taken by the contractor against the home. Ultimately the contractor moved the client and his sister out of their home and into an apartment which they were unable to afford on their limited public assistance income. The conflict came to light when Stern's initial client attempted suicide because he was worried that he and his sister would become homeless. Stern and the contractor were subsequently sued by the successor guardian and Stern was found to have acted with recklessness and malice. Stern was ordered to pay sanctions of $7,500 at the end of the civil case. In the State Bar matter Stern was found to have deliberately violated his fiduciary duties to the first client, both in the handling of the client’s trust funds and in failing to advise him of the conflict. Additionally, Stern failed to report the sanctions imposed on him to the State Bar, and he failed to pay the sanctions. In a second State Bar matter Stern was sanctioned an additional $7,500 from another case for filing a lawsuit in the wrong venue, and he also failed to pay or report those sanctions. The State Bar Court also found that on 72 occasions, over a four year period, Stern improperly deposited his personal funds into his client trust account. He also failed to properly maintain records of his client trust fund accounts. Stern had one prior disciplinary matter. In 1994 he was found culpable of trust account violations including misappropriating clients’ money and writing checks with insufficient funds from his trust account. Although the prior case took place years ago, because the conduct was similar, it was considered in the current case.