California’s State Bar Court has recommended that an attorney in Anaheim be disbarred for having sex at his office with an underage employee and then failing to tell his clients about his subsequent suspension from practicing law.
The attorney, James Mazi Parsa, 47, faced disciplinary charges associated with a misdemeanor conviction on May 17, 2001. In the criminal case, he pleaded guilty to having sex twice with a 17-year-old girl who worked at his law office, James Parsa and Associates.
The State Bar of California temporarily suspended his license on September 17, 2009, and on October 16, 2009, he became ineligible to practice law. He tendered his resignation with charges pending soon afterward.
In an August 21 decision, State Bar Court Judge Lucy Armendariz found that Parsa had signed declarations stating that he had informed his clients he could no longer practice law, but eight of them testified at a trial earlier this year that they had no idea of his status. Armendariz called the breach "extremely serious misconduct for which disbarment is generally considered the appropriate sanction."
The recommendation must be approved by the California Supreme Court.
Parsa, a graduate of Southwestern Law School, was admitted to practice law in California in 1991. His attorney, David Clare of the Law Offices David A. Clare in Long Beach, Calif., did not return a call for comment.
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