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Miguel Gadda - #64832

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: 64832    
Address: 5258 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112
Phone Number: (415) 239-0616
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: San Francisco
Undergraduate School: San Francisco State Unv; San Francisco CA
District: District 1    
Sections: None Law School: U of San Francisco SOL; San Francisco CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
2/21/2003 Disbarred  
8/2/2001 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
8/23/1990 Active  
4/14/1990 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
8/4/1975 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.

2/21/2003 Disbarment 97-O-15010 Disbarred 
8/2/2001 Ordered inactive 97-O-15010 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
4/14/1990 Discipline w/actual suspension 83-O-13940 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

This member has no public record of administrative actions.

Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

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.

February 21, 2003

MIGUEL GADDA [#64832], 60, of San Francisco was disbarred Feb. 21, 2003, and was ordered to comply with rule 955.

The State Bar Court's review department upheld a hearing judge's recommendation that Gadda be disbarred for multiple acts of misconduct, including failing to perform legal services competently 10 times, refund unearned fees, communicate with clients or return their files, and for commingling funds and committing acts of moral turpitude by issuing trust account checks against insufficient funds.

He sought review, arguing that because he practices immigration law only, the State Bar has no jurisdiction over him. He also contended that the disciplinary proceeding was an attempt by the state to regulate the practice of law in federal courts.

The review department acknowledged that neither the Supreme Court nor the State Bar Court could restrict Gadda's federal practice. However, it said it is through his California license, granted by the Supreme Court, that he is eligible to practice in California.

Gadda had an immigration practice with a caseload of 500 to 600 cases. Clients were seen at his office on a first come, first served basis, often waiting several hours for a 10 to 20 minute appointment.

Immigration judges who testified at Gadda's trial said he frequently missed court appearances and often seemed unprepared. Gadda often hired other attorneys to appear for him and he gave a signature stamp to another attorney. Between 1998 and 2000, he worked mostly at home, due to illness, and came to his office two days a week.

The hearing judge found that Gadda committed 17 acts of misconduct in eight client matters and a trust account matter. Five of his clients were deported in absentia due to his actions.

Gadda also was disciplined previously for similar misconduct.

"Under the circumstances reflected by this record," wrote Judge Madge Watai, "we . . . doubt that any discipline less than disbarment can adequately protect the public against future acts of misconduct of the type which respondent has repeatedly committed . . . .

"There is no evidence that (Gadda) is cognizant of the seriousness of his misconduct. Instead, (he) continues to rationalize his conduct by blaming others. He refuses to take responsibility for his conduct."

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