On Thursday, August 31, 2023, the Supreme Court of California issued a final disciplinary order against Michael Alan Gevertz, a lawyer with State Bar number 127711. Gevertz was disbarred from practicing law in California and his name was stricken from the roll of attorneys.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Michael Alan Gevertz,” with case no. S280901.
On May 24. 2023, the State Bar of California filed a petition for the disbarment against Gevertz. The case stemmed from Gevertz’s failure to submit a timely response to the notice of disciplinary charges, a violation of Rule 5.85 in the Rules of Procedure.
The procedural timeline revealed that on August 26, 2022, the State Bar meticulously served the notice of disciplinary charges to Gevertz, outlining the consequences of not providing a written answer. Despite receiving adequate notice, Gevertz missed the 20-day deadline for filing a response. Subsequently, on November 9, 2022, the State Bar initiated a motion for entry of default, which was appropriately served according to established protocols. The Court officially entered Gevertz’s default on November 29, 2022, solidifying the ramifications of this default as per Rule 5.80(D).
In light of Gevertz’s failure to respond or contest the charges, coupled with the aforementioned factors, the Supreme Court disbarred Gevertz. The court also awarded costs to the State Bar in accordance with Business and Professions Code section 6086.10.
The Disposition states:
“The court orders that Michael Alan Gevertz (Respondent), State Bar Number 127711, is disbarred from the practice of law in California and that Respondent’s name is stricken from the roll of attorneys.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Gevertz practiced as a commercial real estate attorney in San Francisco, California prior to the disbarment. He attended the University of California, Hastings College of The Law, graduating in 1986. He acquired his law license in California in 1987.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.