High profile attorney Gloria Allred is allegedly being investigated by the State Bar of California for misconduct, but the renowned civil rights attorney is refuting the report.
The state bar has not disclosed what the investigation is about and no formal charges have been filed against Allred, who is known for working on celebrity cases and those involving women’s issues, according to a report from LawNewz on Friday.
— LawNewz (@law_newz) March 31, 2017
Allred is currently representing several women who say they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby and she recently announced a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump on behalf of former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos who alleged Trump groped her during filming of the show.
“Someone has attempted to shake me down by threatening to report me to the State Bar unless I paid him a large sum of money,” Allred said in a statement released Friday. “I have refused to pay this individual any amount of money. I will not be threatened or bullied by false accusations.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 31, 2017
LawNewz reported that it had seen a copy of the California Bar’s letter and Allred’s “case has been forwarded to the State Bar’s Enforcement Unit for further investigation and possible prosecution.” But the attorney said she has seen no such letter.
“The State Bar is required to notify lawyers in the event of any investigation. We have not been notified by the State Bar of any complaint or any investigation,” she said in the statement.
Not all complaints to the State Bar are sent to the Enforcement Unit, according to their website.
“If it appears, however, that the attorney may be a repeat offender or have committed a violation where there is a serious likelihood of discipline being imposed, an investigator and a Bar prosecutor from the Enforcement Unit take over the investigation,” the website states.
The fact that the complaint against Allred was “taken up the chain” is noteworthy according to some experts, LawNewz reported, although she has no previous history of being disciplined.
“I have a spotless record with the State Bar in the more than 40 years that I have been an attorney,” Allred stated. “I have no intention of allowing anyone to harm my reputation by making allegations against me which have no merit.”
A former client of Allred’s issued a statement Friday saying he was notified of the investigation and is cooperating with the state bar, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Allred represented television meteorologist Kyle Hunter in a discrimination lawsuit against CBS in 2012.
“I do not know the matters being investigated by the Bar, but it could be in regards to alleged egregious conflicts of interest and self-dealing by Ms. Allred,” Hunter said. “While representing me in an employment discrimination case against CBS Broadcasting, she worked without my knowledge, to secure herself a television series with CBS based on her life; a deal in fact she did strike and became a major stakeholder and executive producer.”
Hunter launched a website to hold Allred accountable for the “legal malpractice, conflicts of interest and lack of integrity.”
The California State Bar can not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation, LawNewz reported, and a complaint can only become public following the filing of disciplinary charges in State Bar Court.
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