For those new to the Divorce Club Games, there were some successes this week tied to divorce lawyers who were recorded and watched in court proceedings. Here are the top contenders for best crooked divorce lawyer shut downs!
Monterey County- Debra Crawford #1 Shut Down
The fact that every family law attorney and judge in Monterey County is not outraged over the conduct Debra Crawford is further evidence of how corrupt and broken California's Family Courts and State Bar have become.
Debra Crawford was a divorce lawyer married to criminal defense attorney William Crawford. When Dr. Annis filed a false DV claim against his wife of over 20 years, the Monterey police were called and the Crawfords began their legal representation of Julie Law, Dr. Annis' wife. Once the criminal claims against Julie law were dismissed William Crawford pursued Julie and reportedly had very hot sex with her while claiming he and Debra were divorcing.
That divorce may have been news to Debra, who reportedly became so enraged that she dated and pursued Julie's ' former husband after she had drafted the Law- Annis Marital Settlement Agreement. When the divorce was over, Debra Crawford she set her sights on marrying Dr. Annis , which she clearly did not do for the "hot sex" William Crawford claimed to be having with their mutual client in their shared legal community. .
It is unclear if Debra was angry over losing a divorce client, or over the fact that her first husband's locker-room talk in the local legal community was more than a tad professionally embarrassing. whatever the reason, Debbie Crawford used the next 12 years seeking revenge.
In what should have been a binge watch of Mean Girls, Debra Crawford, while propping up Dr. Annis to play the victim in court, denied her former client income and funds covered by the settlement Crawford herself had drafted and filed in the court. Then Crawford herself would use the courts with for bogus domestic violence case , which was allowed by countless family and civil court judges.
California's State Bar did nothing about the Crawford legal nightmare, and litigants and lawyers in the community were baffled the judges allowed it to go on.
On October 14, Judge Wills appointed Julie Law an attorney in a DV case where Debbie Crawford was the supposed victim.
Debra Crawford is reportedly raising hell after Judge Willis finally made a court appointment for Julie Law to have a public defender in a domestic violence case where Crawford has been on a tirade after recordings of her antics were made by freelance journalists as seen here:
Divorce Attorney Sean Onderick Fired by Rich Farmer
Divorce Attorney Sean Onderick is known for tossing business to custody evaluator Michael Kerner. He also assures lawyers Heather Allan, Hector Moreno, Nicole Ford , Constance Carpenter and Bradford Baugh get a steady stream of income from families. He has worked with civil attorney William Dresser for years and the two were known by their own staff to inflate bills to clients and to protect the county from whistleblower complaints. One such complaint revealed the county was inflating foster care numbers in CPS cases while billing for children for "ghost children" . Meaning children who do not actually exist, but where the county gets federal funds to pay for the needs of these phantom children.
Last month Sean collected $12,000 in a retainer from a Monterey couple whose divorce was fueled by lawyers inciting conflict and threatening to get private judge Irwin Joseph appointed in the case. The couple paid Onderick to draft up an agreement intended to finalize their divorce out of court.
Sean Onderick drafted an agreement for the Monterey couple, where Onderick was informed the couple wanted to settle their case. Onderick talked to other lawyers, and drafted a settlement that was reflective of the corruption and incompetence Sean had demonstrated for years while associated with Hector Moreno and Bill Dresser, who regularly inflated bills to families involved in divorce cases.
This week Mr. Sean Onderick may have finally run out of runway when it comes to his incompetence. The Monterey couple fired Onderick and another woman in Santa Clara has filed a bar complaint against Sean for padding his bills ,malpractice and for colluding with William Dresser who has a long history of harming his own clients.
Word to the Wise: Be careful when you hire a lawyer. Ask other clients and look for patterns that may indicate the lawyer you intend to hire is corrupt , incompetent, or both.
Always background check your lawyer at the State Bar.. Yelp and on social media to find others harmed by lawyers such as these.
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