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Tom Girardi of Girardi Keese. Courtesy photo Tom Girardi of Girardi Keese. Courtesy photo

The California state bar on Tuesday filed disciplinary charges against Tom Girardi, accusing the high-profile plaintiffs attorney of withholding hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement money from victims.

Girardi, who was placed on inactive status on March 9 after a psychiatrist declared that the 81-year-old attorney has Alzheimer’s disease, is unable to practice law in California. A consumer alert posted Tuesday on Girardi’s license page warns that he is accused of “a major misappropriation of client funds.”

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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