The California Supreme Court issued an order disbarring attorney Eyad Yaser Abdeljawad on December 20, 2023. This follows disciplinary charges brought against Abdeljawad by the State Bar of California alleging multiple acts of misappropriating client funds between 2018 and 2020.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Eyad Yaser Abdeljawad,” with case no. S282207.
Abdeljawad faced 42 counts of professional misconduct brought by the State Bar of California relating to multiple client matters dating back to 2018. According to a Notice of Disciplinary Charges filed by the State Bar’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel in December 2021, Abdeljawad was accused of failing to properly deposit large settlement checks he received on behalf of eight clients into his client trust account. Instead, the notices alleged that Abdeljawad deposited the funds into the account of an unlicensed entity called National Recovery Services.
The charges stated that Abdeljawad received checks totaling $79,821, $142,423, $330,234, $25,408, and over $1.4 million, but failed to protect the money in his trust account as required. He is then accused of intentionally misappropriating the funds by transferring them to National Recovery Services, which is not a licensed legal entity.
In several cases, the State Bar alleges Abdeljawad committed additional acts of misconduct, including making false statements to clients and opposing parties. He is charged with moral turpitude, dishonesty, and breaching his fiduciary duties.
In its December 2023 order, the Supreme Court formally disbarred Abdeljawad and ordered him to pay restitution to the harmed clients and estates. He must repay $700,929.10 plus 10% interest annually to the Estate of Daniel Strange, $117,586.24 plus interest to Bertha Crespo, and $170,086.60 plus interest to David Mauroni and Scott Agueros. He is also ordered to pay $5,000 to the State Bar of California’s Client Security Fund as a monetary sanction.
The Disposition states:
“The court orders that Eyad Yaser Abdeljawad (Respondent), State Bar Number 308427, is disbarred from the practice of law and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Abdeljawad was a criminal defense attorney in Riverside, California. He attended the Glendale Univ COL, graduating in 2014. He acquired his law license in California in 2016.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.