SAN DIEGO (CN) - A former attorney for the Pacific Law Center, a champion for conservative issues, says the center "routinely commits malpractice," charges unearned fees and "takes legal action detrimental to clients."
The center "is an unlawful 'front' organization created by defendants Larry Majors, Austin Majors, and Jeffrey Phillips to permit them to engage in and profit from the unauthorized practice of law," one of their former attorneys says in Superior Court.
Carl Hancock says the La Jolla-based defendants "routinely commit malpractice in the handling of legal matters," churn legal fees, "take legal actions which are detrimental to the clients," charge excessive and unearned fees, and that Larry Majors is a felon whose conviction bars him from practicing law in California, and who fled from Texas "when faced with prosecution for the unauthorized practice of law." Hancock says he worked for the defendants from March 11, 2007 until Jan. 19, 2008, and that he was fired for repeatedly protesting their unethical and illegal behavior.
He describes the PLC as a fraudulent conspiracy that defrauds clients to unjustly enrich themselves, that the Majorses and Phillips, oversee the work of defendant "front" attorneys Alan E. Spears, Thomas Slattery and Kerry Steigerwalt, and that they fraudulently conveyed assets of the PLC to Steigerwalt, to duck liability.
Neither Larry Majors, Austin Majors or Jeffrey Phillips is an attorney, Hancock says. Austin Majors is Larry Majors' son, and Phillips is Larry Majors' son in law, he says.
The complaint continues: "Larry Majors suffered a felony conviction in the State of Arizona and which precludes him from becoming eligible to practice of law in the State of California. Plaintiff is informed and believes that Larry Majors, while residing in the State of Texas, engaged in schemes similar to those described herein and fled the jurisdiction when faced with prosecution for the unlawful practice of law."
Hancock describes Spears as "one of the 'front' attorneys who permit the other non-attorney Defendants to control the firm. Spears has actual knowledge of the firm's true ownership and control yet, in violation of the legal and ethical duties imposed on him by his membership in the Bar, continues to permit the non-attorney to make client decisions and profit from the unauthorized practice of law."
Hancock describes Slattery in similar or identical terms, and adds, "Defendant Slattery boasts privately of having 18 State Bar complaints filed against him, however, the firm has never disciplined Slattery for any complaint."
He claims defendant Christopher Castle is not an attorney authorized to practice in California, and that "Castle's role in the conspiracy is to manage and supervise the 'Intake Coordinators,' the firm's legal salesmen, who are instructed to extract as high an amount of attorney fees as the client will agree to bear. Castle's actions are controlled, directly and indirectly, by Defendants Larry Majors, Austin Majors, and Jeffery Phillips. The attorney 'front-men,' Spears and Slattery, operate under specific instruction from Defendant Phillips to exert no control or authority over Castle or the salesmen."
Hancock says defendant Michael Wilkes is not an attorney authorized to practice in California, and that "Wilkes' role in the conspiracy is to act as one of the firm's salesmen. Clients have repeatedly complained that Wilkes holds himself out to be an attorney and gives legal advice, yet the firm has never disciplined him for such activities."
And he says Stiegerwalt is an attorney who "knew or reasonably should have known of the unlawful and ethical activities undertaken by each of Defendant (sic). Steigerwalt's role in the conspiracy consisted of entering into a sham sales transaction for the purpose of protecting the assets of each other Defendant in the event of liability under this complaint."
He claims that the Pacific Law Center "is controlled by Defendants, and each of them, for the purpose of avoiding California state laws prohibiting fraud, theft, and the unauthorized practice of law." He claims they "routinely engages in fraud in the solicitation and retention of prospective clients." He claims the "non-attorney 'Intake Coordinators' ... routinely provide unauthorized legal advice and use 'high-pressure' and 'scare' tactics to induce clients to retain the firm."
He claims, "The actions and tactics of the non-attorney 'Intake Coordinators' are controlled, directly and indirectly, by Defendants Larry Majors, Austin Majors, and Jeffrey Phillips, who employ unskilled attorneys to act as 'front-men' for the firm. These 'front' attorney have no authority to act on their own." He claims they "extract excessive and unconscionable fees and that clients are not informed about the work to be undertaken until after their retention." He claims that "Although the firm publishes an in-house 'fee schedule' for the benefit of State Bar investigators, the firms' salesmen quote excessively inflates fees dictated only by the client's assent. ... In many case, the salesmen obtain and hold the prospective client's driver's license or identification card to prevent the client from leaving the premises."
He claims "that Defendants and their agents routinely make misrepresentations to the State bar and other public and non-public entities for the purpose of hiding or 'covering-up' Defendants' illegal activities."
He claims that he witnessed this while he worked for the Pacific Law Center, and that his bosses there "directed Plaintiff to perform frivolous and unnecessary legal work for the purpose of obtaining unearned legal fees in violation of the public policies prohibiting fraud and theft," and that "as a result of Defendants' repeated demands to engage in activities in violation of public policy, Plaintiff was constructively terminated from his employment."
Hancock, who filed the complaint pro se, demands an injunction and punitive damages for conspiracy to engage in unauthorized practice of law, constructive discharge, fraud in the inducement, unjust enrichment, and asks the court to set aside fraudulent conveyance.
I have never heard of Larry Majors or Austin Majors untill I read the article above.
Why did Mr.Carl Hancock stay with the law firm for so long for? Why did he not just quit the minute he found out of the ongoing fraud and report them?
According to the article, Mr. Carl Hancock was fired from Pacific Law Center. - Mr. Carl Hancock filed his civil complaint after he was fired - could it be revenge, and or blackmail?
I think not. I think that the lawsuit itself is part of a ongoing coverup of fraud. Why has Mr. Carl Hancock not report them to Law Enforcement?
Every civil complaint involving Pacific Law Center in the State of California, and Phillips & Associates Law Firm in the State of Arizona, including every single negative news article against them which never came out untill I started to expose the ongoing fraud, fails to mention that at minimum Mr. Jeffrey L. Phillips, and Mr. John A. Schill have been advertising themselves as licensed California attorneys for several years, in which they were never ever licensed California attorneys and they still are not because they keep failing the California Bar Exam.
The media (TV & Newspapers - Even City Buses) take in millions of dollars every year from Pacific Law Center in the State of California, and Phillips & Associates Law Firm in the State of Arizona from advertisement. They have a motive ($$$) to conspire with this ongoing fraud and coverup.
One of the many methods that Pacific Law Center, and Phillips & Associates Law Firm use to bribe other Lawyers, Attorneys, and or Law Firms is by increasing their client volume. Pacific Law Center, and Phillips & Associates Law Firm finance through a third party a single and or multiple "Lawyer Referral Service" - Unknown to the general public that contact the Lawyer Referral Service, it will most if not all of the time refer them to Pacific Law Center, Phillips & Associates Law Firm, or a Attorney or Law Firm that is being bribed by Pacific Law Center, and Phillips & Associates Law Firm.
If a person hires a Attorney and or a Law Firm to file a lawsuit against Pacific Law Center, and or Phillips & Associates Law Firm they will most likely be bribed through this illegal method of bribery.
The picture above was taken by a Mr. Bruce K. Huff whom is a San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper employee. The picture is designed to give the image of a hard working attorney Kerry Steigerwalt in his alleged personal office with what appears to be a cheap yellow fabric sofa in the background with case folders and paperwork everywhere in the background.
I bet the white box on the floor is full of monthly billing statements for their victims, which they call clients. I estimate that they have over 10,000 victims (clients) per month.
Mr. Kerry Steigerwalt's collaboration with fraud related to Pacific Law Center and Phillips & Associates Law Firm started on or around August of 2006. Details coming soon.
HUSTLERS - THIEVES - CON-ARTISTS
Other Attorneys and Law Firm's to avoid:
Flores & Spencer Law Firm
Mark Gerald Spencer, ESQ.
California Bar Number 199134
525 B Street, Suite 1500
San Diego, Ca 92101
Law Office of
Fredrick Roland McClelland
California Bar Number 145964
225 Broadway, Suite 1720
San Diego, Ca 92101
Law Office of
Mary Frances Prevost
California Bar Number 157782
402 W Broadway Ste 950
San Diego, CA, 92101
DLA Piper Law Firm
On August 5, 2008 a lawsuit was filed against Pacific Law Center alleging that Pacific Law Center is not and has not been paying rent for their office in La Jolla, California. It is alleged that Pacific Law Center is behind a little over $48,000 in rent.
USHOSTAGE.com was able to confirm that the lawsuit is a disguise to give the impression to the general public, media, and the government that the San Diego, California based Pacific Law Center which is owned by Phillips & Associates Law Firm in Arizona is having trouble paying a $33 per square foot rent, even though they spend millions and millions of dollars in advertisements.
On January 28, 2009 a lawsuit was filed against Pacific Law Center by a Mr. Michael Wilkes for Wrongful Termination.
USHOSTAGE.com was able to confirm that the lawsuit is a disguise planed by Pacific Law Center to give the impression that Pacific Law Center employees never mislead the public (clients and potential clients) that they (Intakes) were licensed attorneys when they realy were not. Mr. Michael Wilkes is not a licensed attorney. Phillips and Associates Law Firm and Pacific Law Center share attorney fees with their employees that are not licensed attorneys.
Attorney's and law firms that engage in these disguises will soon be listed on this site as corrupt.
Attorney's and law firms that represent Pacific Law Center in any case will be listed on this site as well.
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|Case Title:||3D/INTERNATIONAL INC VS. PACIFIC LAW CENTER INC|
|Case Number:||37-2008-00089067-CU-UD-CTL||Case Location:||San Diego|
|Case Type:||Civil||Date Filed:||08/05/2008|
|Category:||CU-UDC||Unlawful Detainer - Commercial|
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