On Wednesday, June 7, 2023, the Supreme Court of California ordered the suspension of attorney Phyllis Voisenat for failing to refund unearned fees.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Phyllis Voisenat”, and was bought by the State Bar of California with case no. 18-O-10793.

The charges cited Business and Professions Code Section 6103 which states:

A wilful disobedience or violation of an order of the court requiring him to do or forbear an act connected with or in the course of his profession, which he ought in good faith to do or forbear, and any violation of the oath taken by him, or of his duties as such attorney, constitute causes for disbarment or suspension.

Reportedly, Phyllis has been found guilty of several instances of misconduct by The California State Bar Court. The charges against her include improperly withdrawing from employment, failing to refund an unearned fee of $2,182, failing to deposit client funds in the client’s trust account, and engaging in frivolous conduct.

In connection with the matter, the State Bar of California’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel issued a notice in lieu of a subpoena to the respondent. In this notice, the State Bar requested the respondent’s presence at the trial, which was originally scheduled for March 6-8, 2019. The request for attendance is made in accordance with the provisions outlined in the Code of Civil Procedure Section 1987. This notice serves as an official notification to the respondent, urging the same to participate in the trial proceedings as required by the relevant legal code.

The notice states:

“Please take notice that pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1987, the State Bar of California requests the attendance of respondent, Phyllis Voisenat, at the trial in the above-entitled matter, at 9:30 a.m. on March 6-8, 2019, or as otherwise scheduled by the Court, at the State Bar Court, San Francisco.”

Considering the allegations and the other relevant documents in connection to the case, the Supreme Court of California decided to suspend the respondent from the practice of law in California for one year.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that Phyllis Voisenat (Respondent), State Bar Number 159095, 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.”

Attorney Voisenat attended the Santa Clara University School of Law, graduating in 1991. Voisenat practices in San Francisco, California. She is licensed in California. Her info can be found on linkedin.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.