Michael W. Rupprecht - #62595
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Rupprecht Law Firm
700 Main St Ste 300
Napa, CA 94559-3380
|Phone Number:||(707) 257-6454|
|Fax Number:||(707) 257-7618|
||Undergraduate School:||Michigan State Univ; E Lansing MI|
Trusts & Estates
||Law School:||Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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November 2, 2003
MICHAEL W. RUPPRECHT [#62595], 55, of San Ramon was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 90-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year and comply with rule 955. The order took effect Nov. 2, 2003.The State Bar Court found that Rupprecht's misdemeanor conviction for intentionally causing another person to file a false document to the IRS involved moral turpitude. In addition, he failed to report to the State Bar the imposition of discipline by the Department of Real Estate.Rupprecht was vice president and general counsel for a construction company at the time his marriage was ending. He knew that he was entitled to a $50,000 payment from the construction firm, but, as he later stated, he was angry at his wife and did not want her to know about the money during the divorce proceedings.He asked the company to make the payment to a friend, who turned it over to Rupprecht's then-girlfriend. When he received his W-2 forms, Rupprecht knew the construction firm did not report his true income. The money eventually was used for home improvements.He later paid the IRS and Franchise Tax Board back taxes, penalties and interest before being formally charged.In a separate matter, Rupprecht was disciplined as a licensed real estate broker as a result of misrepresentations made by three agents of a realty company for which he was the designated officer. The agents sold homes in a subdivision owned by the construction company that employed Rupprecht.The real estate department concluded that Rupprecht did not have "guilty knowledge" of the salespeople's misrepresentations, but said he did not supervise them adequately. Rupprecht's real estate license was revoked.He was required to report the discipline to the bar by a certain date and did not do so.In mitigation, Rupprecht practiced law for 22 years without discipline, he presented seven witnesses who attested to his good character, he paid his back taxes prior to being charged criminally, and no further misconduct has been committed since the 1996 tax charge.