Edward Francis Graziano - #71034
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
P O Box 20935
Riverside, CA 92516
|Phone Number:||(800) 568-5457|
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||Undergraduate School:||Stanford Univ; Stanford CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Columbia Univ SOL; New York NY|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
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December 18, 1997
EDWARD FRANCIS GRAZIANO [#71034], 51, of Riverside was disbarred Dec. 18, 1997.The bar court’s review department granted the State Bar’s request that the discipline recommended by the hearing department (stayed disbarment, five years of probation and a five-year suspension) be increased to disbarment. Graziano’s discipline is the result of two consolidated conviction matters — one involves convictions for making hundreds of annoying and threatening telephone calls, and the second involves a perjury conviction for lying on a welfare application. He has been on interim suspension since 1991. Graziano represented his personal physician as corporate attorney for a small company and as the doctor’s bankruptcy lawyer. The two entered into a retainer agreement which prohibited the doctor from firing Graziano except for cause. When the bankruptcy court denied the doctor’s discharge in bankruptcy, Graziano insisted on filing numerous appeals. However, his client persuaded Graziano to drop the appeals. The relationship between attorney and doctor eventually deteriorated so much that, at one point, Graziano physically threw the doctor out of his home, slashed all four tires on his car and eventually was arrested. When the doctor fired him, Graziano responded with a 25-page, single-spaced letter which included a variety of threats. During the following three years, Graziano made thousands of threatening and abusive telephone calls to the doctor’s office. He threatened to blow up a nurse’s car and rearrange another employee’s face with a tire iron. Some days, he made more than 100 calls, and during one period, Graziano tied up all 12 phone lines in the doctor’s clinic for more than two hours. The doctor hired a security guard and obtained an injunction against Graziano, who eventually was convicted of three counts of making annoying phone calls. Graziano also was convicted of felony perjury for making false statements on welfare applications. He indicated his four children were living with him. In fact, his ex-wife had taken the children to Australia, where she received public assistance. Graziano unsuccessfully appealed that conviction to the California Court of Appeal, California Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. During the time of his misconduct, Graziano was taking large quantities of Xanax, a mood-altering tranquilizer, as well as diet pills. He suffers from agoraphobia and bipolar disorder. However, the court did not find that he was adequately rehabilitated. Graziano was placed on interim suspension after the perjury conviction in 1991 and was ordered to comply with rule 955 of the California Rules of Court, but he did not do so. He failed to cooperate with the bar’s investigation, failed to appear at hearings, and filed declarations denying any wrongdoing. In one, he wrote, “I regret nothing that I have done. Not a single solitary thing. And if given the exact set of circumstances in which I found my self, I would commit ‘perjury’ again and I would make ‘annoying telephone calls’ again and again and again. Wake up and smell the coffee!”