|WOLODYMYR Y. DOZORSKY [#98515], 49, of Irvine was
suspended for two years, stayed, placed on three years of probation with an actual
four-month suspension, and was ordered to comply with rule 955 of the California Rules of
Court. The order took effect Aug. 21, 1998.
Dozorsky engaged in the unauthorized
practice of law twice while he was suspended in 1994 and 1995 for failure to pay bar dues.
He also failed to attend ethics school or complete a law office management course, both
probation requirements from a 1993 discipline.
JOHN H. GREENWOOD [#125707], 42, of Beverly Hills was suspended for 18
months, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 90-day actual suspension, and was
ordered to take the MPRE within one year and to comply with rule 955. The order took
effect Aug. 21, 1998.
The review department of the State Bar Court agreed with bar prosecutors that Greenwood
should receive an actual suspension for misconduct the bar court found in 1997.
In a default trial, hearing Judge Nancy Roberts Lonsdale found that Greenwood failed to
perform legal services competently in two matters.
In the first, he represented a client of a Michigan law firm who was injured while
visiting California. The case was dismissed when Greenwood failed to appear at a mandatory
status conference. He never informed the client or the Michigan counsel of the dismissal,
and did not respond to a State Bar investigation.
The court also found that he failed to properly withdraw from representation.
In the second matter, Greenwood failed to respond to discovery requests in a civil case
despite several time extensions. The court dismissed the case, and Greenwood sought relief
from the dismissal four months after the five-year statute of limitations expired.
However, he did not respond to several requests from the client that he return her
file, nor did he reply to a bar investigator's inquiry.
Lonsdale first recommended that Greenwood be given an 18-month stayed suspension with
probation conditions, including a 90-day actual suspension.
However, she later issued a new order, setting aside the default and eliminating the
actual suspension, after Greenwood pleaded that he had been despondent over his mother's
death, became unable to work, and vacated his office for a time.
The bar sought review, arguing that Lonsdale erred in setting aside the default and in
not recommending an actual suspension. The review court agreed.
JOSEPH PATRICK MASTERSON [#165564], 37, of Prairie Village, Kan., was
suspended for five years, stayed, placed on five years of probation with an actual
three-year suspension, and was ordered to prove his rehabilitation and pass the MPRE.
Credit toward the actual suspension will be given for the interim suspension which began
July 30, 1997. The order took effect Aug. 21, 1998.
In 1994, Masterson pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated battery and possession of
cocaine in Kansas after he assaulted his best friend's girlfriend. After ingesting
cocaine, he choked the woman, threatened her with a knife, and hit her in the head with a
Masterson was sentenced to three and a half years on the battery charge and 11 months
for drug possession, but was put on probation six months later.
He underwent treatment for alcohol and drug dependence and resigned from the Missouri
In mitigation, he has taken steps toward his rehabilitation, including volunteering at
a local soup kitchen. He presented numerous letters attesting to his good character and
cooperated with the bar's investigation.
EDWARD MARSHALL MOSES [#87228], 60, of Anaheim was suspended for one
year, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 90-day actual suspension, and was
ordered to take the MPRE exam and comply with rule 955. The order took effect Aug. 21,
Moses settled a personal injury case for two clients, but did not pay a medical lien
until he was threatened with litigation.
He failed to properly maintain his client trust account by allowing the balance to fall
below the required amount, and he did not promptly disburse client funds.
After the case settled, one of the clients worked in Masterson's office, and he paid
her wages out of settlement funds which had been earmarked to pay the medical lien.
Masterson stipulated that he misappropriated those funds, an act of moral turpitude.
In mitigation, he has provided pro bono services to at least 40 clients since his 1979
admission to the bar, and he served as a judge pro tem in Los Angeles municipal court for
JAMES JAY SIMPSON [#149386], 40, of Fountain Valley was suspended for
60 days, stayed, placed on one year of probation, and was ordered to take the MPRE within
one year. The order took effect Aug. 21, 1998.
In 1997, Simpson was convicted by a jury of hit and run with property damage.
When making a court appearance at the Orange County superior court, he parked his car
in a lot reserved for judges. When one of the judges arrived for work and found no
parking, he parked his car behind Simpson's vehicle after a security guard said the car
should not be there. The judge allowed enough space for Simpson to get out, but Simpson
hit the judge's car, damaged it and left without leaving a note.
Simpson was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail, but the sentence was stayed
pending completion of 240 hours of community service.
In mitigation, Simpson has no record of discipline since his 1990 admission to the bar.
JAMES A. BRATTON [#70255], 53, of San Jose was suspended for one year,
stayed, placed on two years of probation with a requirement that he make restitution, and
was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Aug. 22, 1998.
Bratton stipulated to misconduct in four client matters, including failure to perform
legal services competently, communicate with clients, return client files and unearned
fees, or cooperate with the State Bar's investigation.
In a wrongful termination case, Bratton did almost no work for more than four years, so
his client complained to the bar. During the bar's investigation, he offered to continue
to work on the case, and the client accepted.
Six months later, Bratton wrote to the bar and outlined the steps he had taken or
planned to take in the matter. The bar closed its investigation, and a month later, the
case was dismissed as a result of Bratton's failure to prosecute.
In a divorce case, he did not complete and file a QDRO (qualified domestic relations
order) with the court for five years. In another divorce matter, he did not respond to his
client's repeated status inquiries for more than three years.
In mitigation, Bratton has no record of prior discipline, and he made full restitution
to one client.
THOMAS A. CASAZZA [#98678], 54, of Sacramento was suspended for two
years, stayed, placed on probation for one year, and was ordered to take the MPRE within a
year and prove his rehabilitation. The order took effect Aug. 22, 1998.
Casazza stipulated to misconduct in three client matters.
In the first, a civil litigation matter, he failed to deposit two checks from his
client in a client trust account. The checks were meant to pay for work performed by a
consulting firm, but Casazza did not pay the firm's bill until it filed a small claims
action against him and the bar became involved.
During a deposition in a real estate action, Casazza was ejected by the arbitrator
after belligerent behavior, which included offensive remarks such as telling opposing
counsel he should "do the human race a favor and not reproduce."
He never did any further work on the case.
A third client gave Casazza more than $15,000 to disburse as requested. He allowed his
client trust account to fall below the required balance and made a loan payment late. As a
result, his client was assessed a late fee of $531.67.
In mitigation, Casazza has no record of prior discipline.
RONALD STEVEN MILLER [#66870], 50, of Encino was suspended for 30
days, stayed, placed on two years of probation, and was ordered to take the MPRE. The
order took effect Aug. 27, 1998.
Miller stipulated to five counts of misconduct in three client matters.
In the first, he failed to perform legal services competently or promptly pay client
funds when he did not negotiate a discount of a medical lien or pay the lien for about two
years. He also did not provide to his client an accounting of the funds received and
Miller did not communicate with his client in a second case. In that matter, he filed
suit against his client's employer, based on the employer having improperly allowed the
client's wife to remove funds from his savings and retirement accounts.
Miller told the client the case was not viable because the man had suffered no money
damages, and in fact, had been credited with the funds that were improperly given to his
As a result, Miller did not appear at a scheduled status conference and the case was
dismissed. He did not tell his client about the dismissal because he thought the client
understood the lawsuit was to be abandoned.
In a third matter, Miller settled a personal injury case for $11,500. He had associated
with another attorney who was supposed to negotiate a reduction of a doctor bill and did
not do so. That doctor was never paid. Miller did not provide an accounting until the
client complained to the State Bar.