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William S. Lerach - #68581

Current Status:  Disbarred

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

See below for more details.

Profile Information

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

Bar Number: 68581    
Address: Michael Duckor, Esq
728 San Luis Rey Pl
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: San Diego
Undergraduate School: Univ of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh PA
District: District 4    
Sections: None Law School: Univ of Pittsburgh SOL; Pittsburgh PA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
3/12/2009 Disbarred  
12/21/2007 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
6/10/1976 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

3/12/2009 Disbarment 07-C-13619 Disbarred 
12/21/2007 Interim suspension after conviction 07-C-13619 Not Eligible To Practice Law 

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

State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
3/12/2009 07-C-13619 Decision [PDF]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

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March 12, 2009

WILLIAM S. LERACH [#68581], 63, of San Diego was summarily disbarred March 12, 2009, and was ordered to comply with rule 9.20.

Lerach pleaded guilty in 2007 to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and make material false declarations under oath. The conviction met the requirements for summary disbarment: it is a felony involving moral turpitude. Lerach has been on interim suspension since Nov. 21, 2007.

The one-time class action king admitted in federal court to playing a part in a scheme to pay kickbacks in order to gain an advantage in lucrative class action lawsuits. He was sentenced to two years in prison and was ordered to forfeit $7.75 million. (See June 2009 California Bar Journal.)


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