Matt Potter 1:52 p.m., Nov. 11
Lawyer Steigerwalt Suspended a Year
The State Bar of California has suspended attorney Kerry Steigerwalt for one year, according to the Union-Tribune. He will also be on probation for two years. As detailed in my Reader columns of July 21, 2010, and June 22, 2011, Steigerwalt took over Pacific Law Center, which featured heavy advertising and fast-buck sales practices. Many of those practices continued under Steigerwalt, according to a complaint filed with the bar by an ex-employee. Many clients paid their fees upfront and didn't get legal services. Steigerwalt hired a Chicago attorney who tried to clean up many of the back problems; the attorney was not licensed to practice law in California, said the bar. The bar filed a 56-count complaint against Steigerwalt in December. Many of the charges were dropped in the disciplinary action.