TLR has learned an inquiry was launched earlier today to determine whether attorneys employed by the State Bar of California are improperly utilizing the services of attorneys associated with San Francisco-based Kerr & Wagstaffe.
At issue is the possibility of violations of conflict of interest laws and policies by the State Bar of California relating to the free legal representation the agency purveys to the embattled publisher of online magazine Voice of OC, as well as the spouse of J Street PAC /J Street Gang of Greed member — controversial gambling attorney Howard Dickstein.
Specifically, sources seeking anonymity maintain the focus of the inquiry is to determine whether Messrs. Jim Wagstaffe, Michael von Loewenfeldt and Daniel Zaheer (of Kerr & Wagstaffe) surreptitiously assist Danielle Adoracion Lee — in-house attorney employed by the State Bar of California — in defending a suit presently pending in the superior court of Orange County.
Separately, and as was reported earlier, Danielle Adoracion Lee is under heavy scrutiny for alleged moonlighting while on government time even though her office’s rules appear to prohibit such an arrangement. Especially in connection with issues dealing with professional responsibility and civil liability, as well as the appearance that public resources are being misappropriated by Lee’s clients.