A California attorney was recently disbarred from the practice of law by the State Bar for failure to adhere to the terms of a prior suspension.
Robert G. Scurrah Jr., 68-year-old Orange County lawyer from the city of Tustin was disbarred on February 4, 2017, after he failed to comply with the California Rules of Court Rule 9.20 subsections (a) and (c).
He was originally given a one-year suspension for accepting upfront fees for loan modification legal work. He was also ordered to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and attend ethics classes.
Upfront fees without first providing modification services are prohibited under California State Senate Bill 94 passed in October 2009.
Scurrah was co-owner of the Consumer Debt Advocate Law Center, a loan modification firm that was also fined and ordered by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office to cease and desist doing business in the state. Although he was aware of the new law, he allegedly ignored the law and continued to collect upfront fees and received numerous consumer complaints.
As part of his suspension, Scurrah was supposed to notify all of his clients of the ruling, return all unearned fees, deliver any paperwork to clients in regards to their cases, and alert opposing counsel in any pending litigation of his suspension.
He failed to deliver a declaration with the State Bar within the allotted time frame, and a default was entered on his behalf.