On Monday, May 6, 2024, the Supreme Court of California issued an order suspending attorney Brenda Elizabeth Vargas, with a stayed execution, and placed her on probation for three years.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Brena Elizabeth Vargas,” with case number S284088.

According to the order and a notice of disciplinary charges filed earlier against Vargas, she faced allegations of professional misconduct related to two client matters from 2021. The charges claimed that after being terminated by clients Raul Aguirre and Ana Rodriguez in January 2021, Vargas failed to promptly return their client file as required. She is also accused of appearing on behalf of Aguirre in court on two occasions after being fired, in violation of state bar rules.

The Supreme Court’s order suspends Vargas from practicing law for a minimum of 18 months but stays the entire three-year suspension period provided she complies with three years of probation. Conditions of her probation include taking and passing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, following rules for notifying clients and winding down cases, and paying $2,500 in monetary sanctions to the State Bar Client Security Fund. She is also required to reimburse the State Bar for costs associated with the disciplinary case.

If Vargas meets all probation terms, the stayed three-year suspension will be lifted and considered satisfied after three years. However, if she violates probation or fails to complete required actions, such as timely returning client files or paying sanctions, the stay could be lifted and the full three-year suspension potentially imposed.

According to Avvo, Ms. Vargas is a criminal defense attorney in Villa Park, California. She attended the Southwestern University School of Law. She obtained her law license in California in 1991.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.