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2 San Bernardino County lawyers disbarred for misconduct

By in Press Enterprise on November 14, 2017

By Brian Rokos

Two San Bernardino County lawyers have been disbarred for misconduct, the State Bar of California announced Monday, Nov. 13.

Ann Elizabeth Herring, 56, of Redlands was disbarred Sept. 29 and ordered to notify her clients. Herring had pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement or fraud of an elderly dependent by a caretaker, a crime of moral turpitude.

The felony was reduced to a misdemeanor after Herring paid restitution, but the State Bar Court said that, for attorney-discipline purposes, post-conviction proceedings do not alter the felony conviction, spokesman Jonah Lamb wrote in an email.

Herring was convicted Jan. 15, 2016, in Superior Court in Riverside County. She was sentenced to 36 months’ probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

She was ordered to stop practicing law on March 21, 2016, according to State Bar records.

The State Bar also announced Monday that Martin Edgar Keller, 64, of San Bernardino was disbarred Oct. 1.

Keller willfully failed to represent a client in a probate matter, the State Bar said. He stopped appearing at hearings, did not respond to communications from his client and refused to release his client’s files. Keller also did not respond to a request for an accounting of money received and disbursed.

Keller failed to respond to the misconduct charges against him and was disbarred by default, the State Bar said.

Keller had previously lost his license to practice law. He was suspended in 2011 and 2016, for failing to provide legal services competently and failing to take actions on behalf of his clients, according to State Bar records.

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