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State Bar & Bar Associations,

Mar. 17, 2023

State Bar admits it failed - badly

We are speaking openly about the State Bar’s mistakes to underscore our deep commitment to being both transparent and accountable to our primary mission: protecting the public from unscrupulous attorneys.

When lawyers fail to properly and ethically serve their clients, the State Bar of California must be the backstop to protect the public.

But when the State Bar fails in that role, the results can be disastrous. The State Bar did indeed fail – and badly – in policing one of its most prominent licensees, Thomas Girardi.

Girardi was disbarred in 2022 on multiple charges of misappropriating millions of dollars. L...

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