Well, maybe not. Everyone saw it coming. Former high-powered, San Diego plaintiff lawyer Bill Lerach has been officially disbarred.
The State Bar made that move quietly on March 12, but didn’t bring it to public attention until earlier this week when it distributed its monthly list of attorneys who have been disbarred, suspended or punished in some other manner.
Lerach was sentenced to two years in a federal prison in February 2008, a few months after pleading guilty to a conspiracy involving kickbacks to a Beverly Hills doctor who fingered Lerach in exchange for leniency in an unrelated art fraud case.
State Bar Court Presiding Judge Joann Remke recommended disbarment in October, based on Lerach’s conviction. The California Supreme Court agreed in February.
Bill Lerach seeking reinstatement could fall on the last day. Of everything. Be warned, after the jump.