Note: while I find this to be an interesting post, it does not differentiate between the Cal. Bar Assn, which is essentially a social club and the Cal. attorney disciplinary and registration agency. I have asked the website for more clarification and to publish all the documents it relies upon in making the allegations.
State Bar Cursed – Still Covering Up for James Towery
Several victims claim to have experienced fraud and identity theft ever since providing personal and confidential information to the Bar when complaining about attorney misconduct.
In addition to compromising private and confidential information of persons and businesses victimized by bad lawyers. The State Bar also appears to have released internal emails that show employees of the Bar attempted to commit fraud on the State Auditor , Elaine Howle during a 2015 audit.
Since James Towery was Chief Trail Counsel at the Bar from 2010 -2011, policies and procedures appear to have been in place that allowed lawyers to continue to harm the public. As far back as 2010 , the Bar has reportedly hired thugs to stalk, harass and intimidate people who have filed complaints against California lawyers .
Employees and lawyers at the Bar are additionally aware of millions of dollars bad lawyers have stolen through trust account abuse, which the Bar never investigated or prosecuted. Bar staff are also reported to have pressured prosecutors in Santa Clara , Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento and Orange County to ignore judge and lawyer crimes, in return for immunity from investigations of DA offices.
The Bar also appears to have tried to conceal that James Towery never lawfully reported his financial interests on his form 700. One Bar employee reports the Bar’s top brass told employees not to worry about Towery’s failure to lawfully disclose as he acted in the Bar’s most powerful position, and where he was later appointed to the Santa Clara County bench by Governor Brown in 2011.
A private investigation of Towery’s finances obtained after the Bar released his home address and social security number shows an alarming connection to lawyers whose complaints were buried and ignored by the Bar, including complaints against:
- Sharilyn Payne
- Carol Hilburn
- Christina Baggett
- Kenneth Kleinkopf
- Derric Oliver
- Laura Franklin
- Evan Allen
- Andrew Kreeft
- Alex Lorca
James Mc Manis
Lynne Yates- Carter
Karen Sinunu Towery
Firms that were found to be overcharging clients included Towery’s former firm; Hoge Fenton, which later became Hoge Keller, and which appears to be involved in fraud , tax evasion , mail fraud and activity that connects attorney Bradford Baugh to RICO activity involving Facebook, Dole Food Company, Tanimura and Antle, Incotec, California Seed Production, California Seeds, Pacific Valley Bank and other big California ag companies in the Salinas valley, where Towery continues to draw income and kickbacks in addition to income he earns from tax payers as a judge in Santa Clara County Family Court.
Additionally, Towery’s expense reports confirm allegations that Towery used his time employed with the Bar to engage in illicit sexual relationships, with Bar employees, and with victims of attorney crimes.
Towery was additionally reported to have obtained sexual favors as a kickback , after helping crooked and corrupt lawyers get out of Bar complaints. Nat Hales, an attorney whom Towery intervened on a complaint that allowed Hales to get out of stealing over $100,000 from a child support account. Hales reportedly sent his former mistress, “Bunny”, to provide sex acts for Towery, as Towery’s wife was out fundraising for the Santa Clara University Innocent Project. Towery later assured additional funds for his wife’s pet project came from State Bar membership dues, and donations .
Most insidious is Towery’s misconduct in harming children as he deprived children of lawful child support payments while he worked to protect lawyers who are outright criminals.