Gregory admits she’s an embezzler. Twice. Also admits to unauthorized practice of law.
Patricia Gregory, who as of January 23, 2012, continues to advertise in the nation’s largest legal advertiser, Martindale-Hubbell, is scheduled to admit she committed a felony, and two misdemeanors regarding the looting of clients funds on January 24, 2012.
The third misdemeanor is for the unauthorized practice of law.
But in keeping with Vista Court’s judicial habit of deferring to officers of the Court, Patricia Gregory has never been arrested.
Victims of Gregory will be there to ask Gregory be remanded into custody prior to sentencing. The question is will Judge Goldsmith continue protecting this “officer of the court” following the three prior judicial examples? That seens to be the pattern as the public remains at risk. Continuing to advertise in Martindale: priceless. At least in the area of in-your-face, arrogance.
Patricia Gregory was admitted to the practice of law on August 7, 2003. Barely five years later, on September 13, 2008, Gregory told her client Luwain Ng,
“I have some bad news. Your money is gone.”
Gregory admitted taking Luwain Ng’s money from her Client Trust Account and promised to repay Ng on a monthly basis.
In addition to her fiduciary promise, Gregory broke her promise to repay Ng, also. Tired of waiting, on May 7, 2009, Ng reported Gregory to the State Bar.
Gregory’s response to Ng’s State Bar complaint was to write a snarky email to Ng, blaming Ng for destroying her life.
On November 15, 2010, the State Bar commenced proceedings against Patricia Gregory.
The District Attorney did….nothing. Possibly because Gregory was once employed by the DA’s office. Ironically, in child support enforcement.
(As this news clip demonstrates, the DA’s office has a long history of ignoring crime victims should they happen to be involved in Family Court proceedings.)
Two of Gregory’s victims, Ng and Denise Doll, repeatedly took their documented claims to the DA: who just as repeatedly blew them off. Sometimes as was evidenced here, in a voicemail.
Two years later, the UT checked in with a story titled “Critics: DA should prosecute problem lawyers.”
Patricia Gregory was charged within two weeks.
But she was not arrested.
In the interim, judges have pulled double-duty in their continuing efforts to ignore both crime victims as Gregory continued advertising online.
It’s worth noting the Martindale ads strains credibility.