LOST THE RIGHT TO PRACTICE LAW (FRAUD)
The State Bar of California suspended the license of Caroline Sue Sternberg from the practice of law effective July 30, 2009. The suspension is two years, stayed for all but a month, with probation for the two year period. The offense at issue was a mishandling of a Client Trust Account. The entire document can be read here. Ms. Sternberg is one of the attorneys in what many litigants find to be a group of favored attorneys who seem to get preferential treatment by Commissioner Alan H. Friedenthal of Los Angeles Superior Court. On www.courthouseforum.com one anonymous writer posted "If you are in Commissioner Friedenthal (sic) courtroom and an attorney Carol Sternberg is setting across from you be sure that Commssioner Friendenthal discloses their relationship as he was told by the Judical Ethics Committee he must advised (sic) the other side that he gave a personnel (sic) reference for her on her Bar Association hearing for her misconduct and more. If you want to see what he said about her, go to the ca bar assoc web and type in her name and scrol (sic) to the bottom for actions taken against her. In the transcripts you can read what he said about her and what your (sic) up against as he never rules against her. BEWARE YOU LOSE EVERYTIME AGAINST HER!!!! even if she is wrong. "If he does not advised (sic) you I would let his Supervising Judge know as she is aware that he is suppose to disclose the information as well. " Litigants seem elated by what is a small victory in a big war on court corruption. As another anonymous writer stated: Well, that is one step in the right direction. I bet Friedenthal is sweating a little bit more, right about now... A mitigating factor in the disciplinary action concerned Commissioner Friedenthal and his opinion of Ms. Sternberg. The decision states: "Alan Freidenthal is a commissioner in Department L in the San Fernando court. Commissioner Freidenthal was admitted to practice in 1985. After clerking for various courts, including the Ninth Circuit in Reno, Nevada, he went to work in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles office of a New York law firm. Later, in 1990 - ****, he worked for the Securities Exchange Commission. He was also an in-house attorney for the Chubb Group doing director's and officer's liability work. He became a referee for the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and then a commissioner in 2005. Prior to that he was involved in the State Bar and was appointed a receiver in the State Bar Court. He was on the board of the California Young Lawyers Association and was elected its president in 1991 - ****. In that capacity, he was the Young Lawyers representative to the Board of Governors. Respondent has made approximately 12 - 20 appearances before Commissioner Freidenthal. He feels she has superlative moral character. She is highly competent and she conducts herself very well. According to Commissioner Freidenthal, she doesn't overreach and she is fair and even-handed in her dealings with her opposing counsel. She has always been truthful in her declarations and when she appears in his court. He feels that she zealously advocates her client's position but always is highly ethical. He noted that whenever her name comes up it is always in a positive light. He has reviewed all of the documents as the others have, and he feels that none of those documents changes his opinion." There is nothing in the decision that reflects the dozens of complaints made against Commissioner Friedenthal to Presiding Judge Marjorie Steinberg or the CJP. The Commissioner's comments were made prior to his reading www.courthouseforum.com where Ms. Sternberg's name comes up in a negative light, so perhaps he did not lie to a tribunal about that point.
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