On Wednesday, August 2, 2023, the Supreme Court of California suspended attorney Jason Wallace Estavillo for misconduct related to mortgage loan modifications, and improper withdrawal from client representation.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jason Wallace Estavillo,” with case no. S280389.

The charges cited California Business and Professions Code section 6106.3(a), 6068(a), 6103.5, Rules of Professional Conduct rule 1.5, 1.16(d), 1.8(c).

According to the filings, the State Bar of California issued a comprehensive notice that outlines multiple allegations against Estavillo, encompassing a range of cases. These allegations encompassed serious violations, including the charging of illegal fees, failure to provide required disclosures in mortgage loan modification cases, and improper withdrawal from client representation.

The notice, meticulously delivered by the State Bar Court Hearing Department, did not mince words when warning Estavillo about the severe repercussions he could face if he failed to respond adequately. It was explicitly stated that his failure to submit a written response within 20 days or make an appearance at the State Bar Court trial could have culminated in a default judgment. This, in turn, would have led to Estavillo’s professional status being transformed to inactive, effectively putting an end to his legal practice.

Furthermore, the notice indicated that the court possessed the authority to recommend disbarment and impose monetary sanctions if Estavillo had neglected to take timely action to rectify the default. Such disciplinary actions could have cast a long shadow over his legal career, casting doubt on his professional standing. Importantly, the notice issued by the State Bar of California emphasized that if Estavillo’s conduct was determined to have posed a substantial threat to the interests of clients or the public, he could have been involuntarily enrolled as an inactive attorney, in addition to any disciplinary recommendations.

In his response to the allegations, Estavillo vehemently refuted each and every accusation of misconduct leveled against him. He steadfastly maintained his innocence and contested the veracity of all the charges.

Despite his firm denial of the aforementioned allegations, the Supreme Court of California took decisive action by suspending Estavillo from the legal profession.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that Jason Wallace Estavillo (Respondent), State Bar Number 188093, is suspended from the practice of law in California for one year, execution of that period of suspension is stayed, and Respondent is placed on probation for one year subject to the following conditions:

1. Respondent is suspended from the practice of law for the first 30 days of probation;

2. Respondent must comply with the other conditions of probation recommended by the Hearing Department of the State Bar Court in its Order Approving Stipulation filed on May 4, 2023; and

3. At the expiration of the period of probation, if the Respondent has complied with all conditions of probation, the period of stayed suspension will be satisfied and that suspension will be terminated.”

Mr. Estavillo is listed as the founder and CEO of the law firm Estavillo Law Group. He attended the Golden Gate University, School of Law. He practices in Oakland, California. He is licensed in California. His info can be found on Linkedin.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.