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Cynthia Ann Thomas - #96180

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: 96180    
Address: 5050 Laguna Blvd #112-329
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone Number: (916) 207-0728
Fax Number: (916) 686-6281
e-mail: rbadajg@usrb.eduhhkmf@hcghl.edukqrkkjsq@dpgay.eduatidh@chsni.eduambmwgma@nudne.edurlcls@oshug.govhorepluj@hwhqwil.netattycat@aol.comdpcsrejh@ioc.govojcfy@qlnclw.edukaikgeu@mbrukcyb.orgtuqr@dofdo.comwdkfhomnl@cntbbomk.comdfak@dbrpgdgj.orgncircbs@gtl.govewsgop@pjope.govtkpjobf@rmnpiyg.govghaq@aybicuf.edulqdhwrerh@fsydr.edubtsass@ipswf.edu 
County: Sacramento
Undergraduate School: Pomona Coll; Claremont CA
District: District 3    
Sections: None Law School: UC Davis SOL King Hall; Davis CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
2/8/2013 Disbarred  
11/24/2008 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
4/22/2007 Active  
3/23/2007 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
12/16/1980 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.

2/8/2013 Disbarment 09-O-10572 Disbarred 
9/1/2012 Ordered inactive 09-O-10572 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
11/20/2011 Ordered inactive 09-O-10572 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
4/28/2009 Vol.inactive(tender of resign.w/charges) 09-Q-11733 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
11/24/2008 Suspended, failed to pass Prof.Resp.Exam 05-O-03452 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
3/23/2007 Discipline w/actual suspension 05-O-03452 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

State Bar Court Cases

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DISCLAIMER: Any posted Notice of Disciplinary Charges, Conviction Transmittal or other initiating document, contains only allegations of professional misconduct. The attorney is presumed to be innocent of any misconduct warranting discipline until the charges have been proven.

Effective Date Case Number Description
2/8/2013 09-O-10572 Decision [PDF] [WORD]
11/20/2011 09-O-10572 Order re Entry of Default [PDF]
11/24/2008 05-O-03452 Order [PDF]
3/23/2007 05-O-03452 Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]

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 8, 2013

CYNTHIA ANN THOMAS [#96180], 58, of Elk Grove was disbarred Feb. 8, 2013, and was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

Thomas failed to respond to a notice of disciplinary charges filed by the State Bar and her default was entered. The bar moved to disbar her under rule 5.85 of the Rules of Procedure because she made no move to set aside the default within 180 days.

The charges were deemed admitted: Thomas engaged in the unauthorized practice of law by arguing a case before the state Supreme Court and using the phrase “attorney at law” in her correspondence while she was suspended and, by failing to tell her client about the suspension, she did not keep her client informed of significant developments.

Thomas also was disciplined in 2007 for failing to communicate with a client.

March 23, 2007

CYNTHIA A. THOMAS [#96180], 51, of Elk Grove was suspended for six months, stayed, placed on one year of probation with a 30-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect March 23, 2007.

Thomas was appointed to represent a defendant who wished to appeal a state prison sentence of 25 years to life. She sent her client a copy of the appeal, in which she did not raise an issue the client wished to pursue because her research revealed it did not apply to his case. At the time, Proposition 66, which would have narrowed California's three strikes law, was before the voters. Thomas told her client if it passed, she would file a supplemental brief with the court and if it failed, she would file a petition for writ of habeas corpus.

Although the measure was rejected by voters, Thomas did no further work on her client's matter. She did not communicate with him or provide the attorney general's response to her petition or any other materials the client requested.

When the client tried to file a supplemental brief on his own, it was rejected because he was represented by counsel. Thomas did not tell the client that the court of appeal affirmed his sentence or advise him of his legal options. When he tried to file a pleading with the Supreme Court, it was rejected because the deadline had passed.

Thomas stipulated that she failed to communicate with the client or provide his file.

In mitigation, she has no discipline record in 26 years of practice and at the time of the misconduct, she was involved with medical and emotional problems associated with the hospitalization of her mother.

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