On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order summarily disbarring Bonnie Tara Roadarmel from practicing law in the state.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Bonnie Tara Roadarmel,” with case no. S282728.

In 2023, Roadarmel pleaded guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court to two counts of grand theft from an elder under Penal Code section 368(d). The offenses involved stealing over $500,000 from elderly victims over the course of ten years.

According to a previous filing by the Office of Chief Trial Counsel, known as a “Request for Summary Disbarment,” Roadarmel’s convictions constituted moral turpitude per se and warranted immediate removal from the bar without a disciplinary hearing. Grand theft from an elder inherently involves defrauding the victim, an act considered severely damaging to one’s character and fitness to practice law.

In its January order, the state high court summarily disbarred Roadarmel as requested. She was ordered to comply with notification procedures to protect any ongoing client matters. Additionally, the court-mandated Roadarmel pay $5,000 in monetary sanctions to the State Bar Client Security Fund and imposed disciplinary costs to be collected as a money judgment.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that Bonnie Tara Roadarmel (Respondent), State Bar Number 205275, is summarily disbarred from the practice of law and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Roadarmel is a litigation attorney in New Braunfels, Texas. She attended the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. She acquired her law license in California in 1999.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.