Former IP Practice Group Head Escapes Disbarment

Law360, New York (November 15, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The former head of the intellectual property practice at a top California law firm has survived an attempt by state prosecutors to have him disbarred for insider trading.

Last week, a three-judge appellate panel of the California State Bar Court affirmed a hearing judge's 2003 decision to suspend Malcolm Wittenberg from practicing law for three years, with two extra years of probation. The State Bar had argued that disbarment was warranted.

“While we agree that the criminal violations were inexcusable for any attorney, particularly one in...
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