Glen DeRonde - Mary Donahue and Donalee King are Liars

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I have been an employee of the Law Offices of Glen A.DeRonde since December 2006, and in that time I worked on over thirty documents related to Mr.

Bird’s dissolution. As a result, I was in frequent contact with Mr. Bird with whom I developed a friendship over the 18 months that I knew him. To the best of my knowledge, most, if not all, of my interactions with Mr.

Bird were of a friendly nature, despite the numerous legal and financial troubles he was facing. In fact, I recall on more than one occasion Mr. Bird telling me anecdotes of his childhood and early adulthood in between discussions or revisions of whatever paperwork he had come in to review. Furthermore, Mr.

Bird took the time to prepare us egg rolls to show his appreciation for numerous hours and late nights we spent making sure that his case was given our full attention. Even when Mr. Bird’s health began to deteriorate he made the effort to attend our office Christmas party (escorted by his brother Ray) as one of only a few clients that we felt close enough with to invite. In light of the aforementioned, it is clear to me that Mr.

Bird felt completely at ease and appreciative of the work our firm produced on his behalf.

I was deeply saddened to hear that Mr. Bird had passed away. More importantly however, I am saddened by the campaign his two daughters are waging against Mr. DeRonde in an effort to ruin a reputation he has spent thirty years building in this community.

Their campaign is desperate, dishonest and at best can only be considered conniving and unscrupulous. It is unfortunate for me to think that the only reason they are making such audacious claims about Mr. DeRonde’s legal integrity is because they were, much to their dismay, left with nothing after Mr. Bird’s passing.

It is my belief that Mr.

Bird would have expected more from his daughters and would be ashamed if he knew what they were doing and saying about a firm that he no doubt respected.

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Anonymous
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SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA

Against Attorney:

GLEN DeRONDE

VERIFIED ACCUSATION AGAINST ATTORNEY

STATEMENT OF THE FACTUAL AND LEGAL BASES OF THE CLAIM

1. The attorney DeRonde was retained in November 2006 by my father Kenneth Bird (now deceased), to represent him as Respondent in a divorce action. The initial fee quoted for this litigation was $5,000.00. At the time, no written retainer agreement was ever made, in violation of The State Bar Act §6148 (CA B&P Code). My father did put this in writing himself in December of 2006. And DeRonde confirm a similar amount in Interrogatories answered in March 2007. [Exhibit A(4) -(5)]. These documents were discovered in my father’s file I had picked up from the DeRonde law office in July 2008. They appear to support the original agreement that Glen promised to represent my father in his divorce action for closer to $5,000.00 than $30,000.00. At the time, my father’s only income was $488.00 per month Social Security, so I gave my Father the $5,000.00 to retain DeRonde.

This attorney went on to bill my father $30,796.76 over the course of the divorce action,

in violation of 4-200(A) CA Bar Rules of Conduct, prohibiting unconscionable fees. [Exhibits B(1) - (22)] From the first bill in December of 2006, immediately my father began to dispute the amount of the bills and accuracy of the charges and bookkeeping. He complained dozens of times over several months about...

2. During the pendency of the divorce litigation, DeRonde took possession of monies from several Stock accounts jointly held between my father and myself, totaling close to $40,000.00. The checks were not deposited for several weeks. The money was finally put into a trust account in April 2007 and withdrawn in May 2007. At the time of withdrawal, $4,396.52 of those funds were taken directly by the law firm and to this day have never been accounted for, it simply disappeared. This is in violation of 4-100(A) & (B) CA Bar Rules of Conduct, Preserving Identity of Funds and Property of a Client. This also violates CA Penal Codes §§503, 504 and 506 on Embezzlement. [Exhibits C (1) - (6)] In addition this qualifies as “Abuse of an elder or a dependent adult” under §§15610.07 & 15610.30 of CA Welfare & Institutions Code under Financial Abuse of an Elder.

3. In early 2007 DeRonde insisted my 70 year old father take a loan against his life insurance policy in the amount of $30,000.00 and pay down a second mortgage on his home. At the time, my father was under standard Family Law Restraining orders prohibiting him from taking such a loan against his life insurance policy. My father did

not want to do this and agonized over this substantially, but trusted his lawyer. In court appearances in both October 2007 and January 2008 this came back to haunt my father, as he was informed at that time about the violation of the restraining order. [Exhibits C (7) - (11)] DeRonde forcing my father to take this loan and threatening to drop the case if my father did not do so constitutes being in violation of The State Bar Act (CA B&P Code) sections §6068 Duty of attorney, §6103 Willful disobedience or Violation of Court Order. In addition this qualifies as “Mental suffering” under §15610.53 of CA Welfare & Institutions Code.

4. In August and September 2008, DeRonde, his staff members and his Paralegal Patricia Richie all participated in defaming me, my dead father and one of my siblings by publishing on the Internet false accusations of crimes and declaring my dead father a “child molester”. DeRonde published Attorney/Client Privileged information on the Internet in an attempt to persuade me to stop pursuing justice for my father by my attempts to recoup the missing money (referred to in paragraph 2 above). After all court appearances were complete, in April 2008 my fathers ex-wife attempted to accuse my father of being inappropriate with his step daughter (as happens in many divorce cases). No mention of this was ever made in court or in the divorce litigation. When my father became aware of the allegations, he called Mr. DeRonde to ask what to do. This conversation was protected by the attorney/client privilege and not a part of Public Record of this divorce. This constitutes an unconscionable violation of The State Bar Act (CA B&P Code) §§6068 (e)(1) and (f) Duty of attorney to client. In addition, these false accusations and incendiary, inflammatory defamations against me and my sibling without any proof of such, violate The State Bar Act (CA B&P Code) sections §6106 Moral Turpitude, §6128 Deceit or collusion with intent against any party, 47 U.S.C. §230 Communications Decency Act, California Civil Codes §§43, 44 & 45 Defamation and CA Penal Codes §§519 & 523 under Extortion, as prior to posting this online, DeRonde threatened to do so in a letter. [Exhibits D (1) - (8)]

5. In June 2007 my father made a payment to DeRonde’s office by cashier’s check in the amount of $9,000.00 [Exhibit E (1)]. DeRonde’s June billing first showed this payment correctly, then the July 2007 billing shows DeRonde corrected the payment applied, reducing the $9,000.00 to only $4,603.48 being applied to my father’s account. [Exhibits E (2) - (4)] Every bill from DeRonde between 12/2006 thru 6/2008 was incorrect. The July 2007 statement duplicates verbatim 11 of the charges first billed on the June 2007 statement. The August 07 statements does the same thing, only it adds July's billing as well for a total of 11 triplicate and 8 duplicated charges in only two months time. The extra fees in this example alone total $2,214.25. [Exhibits E (5) - (7)] All the bills are full of obvious errors, incorrect hourly rates, and double charges for identical items. The $320.00 court fee required to respond to the divorce petition (only charged by the court once) shows 11 different times throughout the billing statements. That is an over charge of $3,200.00. [Exhibits E (8) - (29) all bills with the $320.00 are flagged] In addition to embezzlement statutes, each billing violates 18 U.S.C. §§1341 & 1346 Federal Mail Fraud Statutes under Deprivation of Honest Services and using the mail for delivery of fraudulent billing statements for the purpose of obtaining money not rightfully owed, due or earned.

6. In May 2007, while still representing my father the divorce case (to date still not completed), DeRonde sent my father to collections for $8,307.16 that my father did not even owe. [Exhibits F (1)] Between 11/2006 and 1/2008 my father paid DeRonde $25,976.76. [Exhibits F (2) - (8)] DeRonde’s own Court Affidavit 2/2008 states his legal fees were $24,495.20 and court costs were $786.00 totaling $25,282.00. The Historical Billing on 7/09/08 (sent to me by DeRonde’s office upon my unwavering requests) states his legal fees were $26,287.85 and puts the court costs at $1,608.30 totaling $27,896.15. Unless Mr. DeRonde is willing to admit to perjury in his court affidavit 2/2008 [Exhibit F (9)] I submit the court costs were $786.00, as no court fees were paid after January 2008 (per court docket). By the time of the February 2008 affidavit, my

father had already paid DeRonde about $700.00 more than was the alleged total listed in the affidavit of $25,282.00. Just using the two overpayment examples listed above in paragraph 5, it is obvious that my father did not owe anything to DeRonde when he sent my father to collections. There are dozens of billing errors in the 22 bills sent that account for thousands of dollars of fraudulent and over billed charges which were never corrected, no matter how many calls or personal office appearances my father made in order to do so. [Exhibits F (10)]

7. In the letter and historical billing from DeRonde dated 7/9/08, the office manager admits to discovering the lost $4,396.52 that has been missing since May 2007. The letter justifies not returning that money to the estate of my dead father due to forgiving an alleged bill due at the time of his death of approximately $8,300.00. It is very clear by their own math in the court affidavit, the billing errors and the under reporting of payments made to them by my father that there was no money due DeRonde when my father died. In fact, there should be a rather large refund due the Kenneth Bird Estate once the bills are properly corrected. [Exhibits F (11)]

8. The divorce case DeRonde represented my father in was not complicated. The marriage was under ten years, no children, two vehicles and a retirement account. The Petitioner acted Pro Per for most of the case. DeRonde intentionally delayed this case to inflate his legal fees which should never have been allowed due to his oral contract and promise to complete the case for $5,000.00. Whenever DeRonde was contacted about the over-billing, he told my father the larger the bills appeared the better, as the legal costs and attorney’s fees would be awarded to my dad at the end of the case. They were not. At the time my father hired DeRonde for this divorce case, he and DeRonde had been friends for 30 years or more. The day before the divorce was filed, the Petitioner had cleaned over $30,000.00 out of my fathers bank account, leaving him cash poor. My father was told that the $5,000.00 was DeRonde’s discount for a “friend”. A few months into the case, DeRonde discovered the $40K in stocks my father and I owned. As soon as those checks for those funds were in the possession of DeRonde (March 2007), suddenly the monthly bills began to exceed the promised cap of $5K. The bill for April 2007 alone was $5,537.05. For May 2007 it was another $4,321.90. Then money began to disappear (in May 2007 $4,396.52; in June 2007 another $4,396.52 as the $9,000.00 payment was ultimately only credited as $4,603.48). Our position is that DeRonde agreed to take the case for $5,000.00 when he believed my father had no liquid assets after his wife cleaned out the bank account. However, after DeRonde (through discovery) located the stock fund money, we believe he conspired to obtain those funds as well. The case was full of intentional delays violating The State Bar Act §6128(b) Willfully delaying client's suit with a view to his own gain. During this simple divorce case there were no less than five Income and Expense Declarations required from my father, four Trial Dates, five OSC Hearings Motions, seven Settlement & Management Conferences and five Continuances. My father was getting more ill as the case dragged on and kept wanting to know why the delays, begging for this divorce to conclude. Dad’s questions were always ignored or placated. Whenever my father questioned the billing errors and demanded correction, my father was told he just didn’t understand the billing. Whenever my father demanded corrections be made before paying any additional money, DeRonde would threaten to drop the case. This scared my father so much and created such anguish that he would put his head in his hands and cry, stating how he could not fight both his ex-wife and his lawyer. Dad didn’t have the money to start all over again with a different lawyer and DeRonde knew it. By this time my father was in a wheel chair and just wanted to live to see the marathon divorce ended. This certainly qualifies as Elder Abuse under CA Welfare & Institutions Code §15610.53 "Mental suffering".

THE LAW and STATE BAR DUTY to PUBLIC

The California Legislature found misappropriations of client funds especially important, as the likelihood of this behavior being a common practice of the law firm subjects all of the lawyer’s clients to the potential of similar victimization as described in paragraphs 2 and 5 above (Under STATEMENT OF THE FACTUAL AND LEGAL BASES OF THE CLAIM section). The State Bar Act §6091.1 Client Trust Fund Investigation of Overdrafts and Misappropriations states: (a) The Legislature finds that overdrafts and misappropriations from attorney trust accounts are serious problems, and determines that it is in the public interest to ensure prompt detection and investigation of instances involving overdrafts and misappropriations from attorney trust accounts.

Although the State Bar is not tasked with the responsibility of addressing criminal violations of the law by attorneys, the punishment for violating a state rule of professional responsibility ranges from private or public reprimand to suspension or disbarment. The State Bar Act §6077 Rules of Professional Conduct—Sanctions for their Violation states “the rules of professional conduct....... are binding upon all

members of the State Bar” and provides for the discipline of its members (by the State Bar) by ...”reproval, public or private, or to recommend .....the suspension from practice for a period not exceeding three years”. Violations of the The State Bar Act §§6103, 6106 constitutes cause for disbarment or suspension of attorney by the State Bar. Other violations claimed in this Verified Accusation carry penalties of jail and/or fines which, upon conviction of such, would eventually lead to disbarment or suspension of attorney under The State Bar Act §6102 Conviction of Crime. The State Bar, by refusing to even investigate these complaints was neglectful of its duty to protect the people of California by failing to enforce the statutory disciplinary process and procedures against lawyers who violate the laws, statutes and rules they have sworn to uphold and abide by. I have shown by the official complaint (with exhibits) to the State Bar and by this Verified Accusation (with attached exhibits) that it is reasonable to believe by the facts presented, attorney Glen DeRonde has violated the CA Rules of Conduct, The State Bar Act and various State and Federal laws by his conduct. Especially egregious of these being the violation of attorney/client privilege and defamation by Internet, charging an unconscionable fee, the willful disobedience in violating a Court Order, misappropriation of client funds and Elder Abuse. To deprive us of the ability to address these violations by an official State Bar investigation is equal to sanctioning such behavior, thus allowing this lawyer to continue to victimize his clients with impunity. I not only seek justice for my father, but to also prevent further future victimization by this attorney upon his future clients.

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SISTERS POST FALSE STATEMENTS AGAINST GLEN DeRONDE AND STAFF

San Jose, California 5 comments
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My name is Patty Ritchie. I am a paralegal and have been working for attorneys in Solano and Napa counties for over 25 years. I have been working for Glen DeRonde for the last four years. Ken Bird had been a long-time friend and client of Mr. DeRonde. Mr. DeRonde most recently represented him in a divorce action in Solano County Superior Court Case Case No. FFL093727. I feel compelled to write this letter to tell the true facts of this matter in response to the false accusations being made against Mr. DeRonde and DeRonde & DeRonde (a defunct law practice operated by Mr. DeRonde and his brother) for “fraud” and “embezzlement” by Ken’s daughters, Mary Donahue and Donalee King (who also identify themselves on internet blogs as SCREWumBACK, D. King, L. King, LaDona Moore, Lawdona411, and Givn U the real SCOOP). I feel that it is necessary that I share with the public what these sisters’ true objective is by their own written admissions to this office, and expose them for who and what they truly are.

Prior to posting this letter on the internet, I confirmed that I am not violating any attorney/client privilege, as that privilege was waived by Ken’s daughters when they waged their campaign to defame Glen DeRonde, DeRonde & DeRonde, and myself through their postings on the worldwide web.

In June 2008, after several attempts by this office to contact Ken to discuss a recently received ruling in his case, we received a very nasty fax from a “D. King,” letting us know that her dad, Ken Bird, had passed away. She further demanded that this office do no further work on her father’s case and advised that she would be by the office to pick up all of her father’s files. In response, I transcribed and sent a letter from Mr. DeRonde on June 23, 2008, which stated, in part: “As your father was a friend of mine, please consider your father’s account with me as paid in full. Finally, I will honor your wishes, as his representative, and do no further work on the case. I am sorry for your father’s passing and render my condolence to you and your family. Please contact my office to make arrangements to pick up your father’s file.” When she presented herself to the office a day or two later, I introduced myself to her and told her how sorry we all were to learn that her dad had passed on. She was very aloof towards me, and demanded that I immediately provide her with a full accounting of all monies that her father had paid to our office. I told her that I would get the information to her as soon as possible. As soon as she left, I proceeded to compile the information she requested. To ensure that all of the information was accurate, I reviewed all of the office’s check registers, going through each and every payment received from Ken since November 2006 when he retained our office to represent him in his divorce case. In doing so, I found that there was a payment from Ken in may 2007 that had been overlooked. I entered that payment into the billing system, and on July 9, 2008, I forwarded the historical billing to Mary Donahue (who we were informed was the executrix of her father’s estate) along with a letter informing her of the oversight. The following is an excerpt from that letter:

“In reviewing the enclosed documents, I found that an error occurred in May 2007 due to a payment in the amount of $4,396.52 not being credited to your father’s account. This resulted when your father deposited into our trust account the sum of $39,724.79 on May 18, 2007. At your father’s request, on May 22, 2007, we wrote a check to him from that account in the sum of $35,328.27, holding back $4,396.52 as payment on his outstanding balance at the time. Thereafter, on June 26, 2007, your father deposited the sum of $9,000 into trust. Instead of crediting the entire $9,000 as a reserve for future services to be rendered in his case, he was only credited with $4,603.48 -- the remaining $4,396.52 being applied, once again, to the past balance. This was an error on my part, as during that time I was undergoing cancer treatments. My involvement with the office was limited to my coming into the office once a month to prepare the billing statements and, therefore, I was not here to handle the processing of this transaction with your father. As a result, I did not credit to your father’s account those funds held back on May 22, 2007 in the amount of $4,396.52, for it did not show as a separate payment to his account (i.e., a check from your father in the amount of $4,396.51). Please accept my sincere apology for this inadvertent oversight on my part, which I only caught today when, upon seeing that there was a discrepancy in the figures, I reviewed your father’s account. Applying this overpayment to the $8,379.99 reflected on your father’s June 17, 2008 billing statement would leave an adjusted balance due of $3,983.47, a difference of $587.25 from the amount reflected ($3,396.22) in the accounting information enclosed. In any event, as stated in Mr. DeRonde’s letter to you and your sister dated June 23, 2008, your father’s account with this office has been adjusted to a zero balance and closed out.”

Unfortunately, Ken had an ongoing pattern of allowing his bill to accrue to thousands of dollars before paying, and the $587.25 difference referred to in my letter to Mary Donahue can be attributed to interest that had accrued on the account. If applying the missed payment to Ken’s account would have resulted in an overpayment, a check would have been written from this office to Ken’s estate in whatever amount Ken had overpaid. But, it didn’t. Instead, it resulted in Ken still owing a balance on his account. However, rather than filing a creditor’s claim against the estate, Mr. DeRonde instructed me to consider the debt paid in full and to zero out Ken’s account.

Shortly after I mailed my letter to Mary Donahue, this office received a two and a half page letter from Donalee King containing very hateful and derogatory comments about Mr. DeRonde and myself. The opening paragraph of that letter reads:

“At first your law firm just appeared incompetent. Upon closer inspection of my father’s case, that incompetence appears more like malpractice. Reading the letter referred to above, it is painfully obvious that the situation has quickly digressed into blatant dishonesty, possible fraud and misappropriation of my father’s funds.”

The sisters were evidently of the opinion that since Mr. DeRonde had stated in his 06/23/08 letter that he had forgiven the amount Ken owed prior to the time they received the historical billing, the missed payment should have been refunded to them, as she added in her letter that “at the time you accidentally discovered the alleged error in your favor of $4,396.52, my father’s bill with your office was ZERO. That money should have been refunded at the time of your 7/9/08 letter, but of course, it was not.” She also noted that she saw Mr. DeRonde forgiving her dad’s account balance as “a rather transparent effort to ‘cover’ your misdeeds with even more falsehoods in order to maintain the status quo of your inept efforts all around in the Bird vs. Bird matter.”

She finished up her letter by stating: “Something you and your office had a hand in nearly destroying: My father’s dream of leaving a little something to give to his surviving children. ... If you ever were a true friend to my father I believe you would have stepped up instead of hiding behind the alleged errors of your staff . . . . You have one last opportunity to do so now. . . . I/we are committed to seeing this through to whatever conclusion fate would have in store . . . . There is no doubt in my mind that you are fully aware of what is wrong here, it is simply a question of whether you choose to make it right or prefer to place us in the position of forcing you to do the right thing here. Your call.”

Her words lead us to believe that this was nothing but a shakedown, so we contacted law enforcement authorities and did not respond to her threats. As a result, on July 18, 2008, our office received a fax from Donalee King that simply read “Time is up!” What occurred thereafter is that which you see plastered all over the internet by these two women -- a violent verbal attack against Mr. DeRonde, the firm of DeRonde & DeRonde, and myself. Although we have contacted all of the consumer internet sites that are posting these malicious accusations and requested that they stop doing so, the responses that we have received have all stated that the sites have the right to post the material, they are not responsible for any content of the postings, and advising that we should “respond” to the complaint. At least one of the sites forwarded Mr. DeRonde’s request to Donalee King, and she responded with a threat that read “The real fun will begin (I hope) very soon. Until then get used to seeing the consequences of your reprehensible behavior plastered on Google.”

During the time that this office represented Ken, he never complained about the quality of the service that he was being given. He was always jovial with the staff when he came in, and we all made time to come out and say hello to with him during his visits. He was not a frail little old man as his daughters try to depict him to the public. He had always been a very robust man, large in stature (stocky and in excess of 6 feet tall), and very loud and spirited. When he fell ill, it quickly took its toll on his body (but not his mind), and when I last saw him in February of this year, he had become pale and was easily winded. All persons in this office knew that Mr. DeRonde considered Ken a friend, and Ken would relay stories to our staff about his affiliation with Mr. DeRonde during the 1970's when he represented him in other matters. Just six months prior to Ken’s death, we invited him to an intimate Christmas party at our office, which he attended with his brother. He sat with all of us and visited while he ate, drank, and enjoyed the evening. However, Ken ceased communicating with our office after he called me on April 1, 2008 wanting to make an appointment with Mr. DeRonde concerning criminal charges that had been filed against him. I had responded to Ken with a message from Mr. DeRonde that he no longer handled criminal matters and that he could no longer continue to do work for Ken without being paid (Ken had not made a payment on his account for several months and owed thousands of dollars as a result of Mr. DeRonde’s preparation for and appearance at the trial in Ken’s divorce case in October 2007). Ken seemed very angry with Mr. DeRonde after I relayed that message to him and would not return any of our calls thereafter.

Considering the good relationship that Ken had with Mr. DeRonde since the 1970's, and his friendly familiarity with our office staff, we were all blind sided by the viciousness displayed towards our office by Mary Donahue and Donalee King (neither of whom anyone in this office had ever met prior to Ken’s passing) and the harassing tactics that they are using to try to get Mr. DeRonde to“refund” to them the money that their dad paid for legal services so that they can have an “inheritance.” So, I would like to say to our existing clients who have read the hateful blogs about us posted on the internet by these women, and to those persons who might be in need of the services of an experienced and fair attorney in the future, please read between the lines written by Donalee King and Mary Donahue, and try to consider the source and these womens’ true intentions.

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Anonymous
#262044

i have been up against him a little over a year ago.All i have to say about him is that he doesnt have a great practice...

because when your attourney doesnt do *** to help you out, but built the best case for the defendent to get off.... i mean really how hard is it to make you client shut up and tell the truth... the charges dismissed.... so after spending all of the money we did all i can tell you is that he just keeps the court case going till the defendent is broke...

well in this case he failed to understand just as to what big f***ing mess he was getting in to. well all i have to say to glen is thanks for the due diligences....

i kept my mouth shut untill i got tired of reading about how poeple are complaining about glen that i had to make my own statement...so that maybe someone that want a real attourney to look else where because he flatt out sucks....

Anonymous
Sha Tin, Hong Kong, Hong Kong #183803

I am a past client and member of the community.This law firm is one of the best.

Fair and honest. Active in the community for numerous years. The firm fund raises for local charities.

Mr DeRonde is highly ethical.I suspect the sisters are just bitter because they were not left anthing.

Anonymous
#152071

I have to say I was really suprised reading this.I was a client in 2001 for a divorce case, he was nothing but fair and kind.

Especially when we decided to not go through the divorce, he graciously gave back the unused portion of my retainer even though leagally he didn't have to. I'm sorry that the "Sister's" feel so enraged but a contract is a contract and the law is the law.

People don't work for free, would you?I think Glenn DeRonde is one of the good one's, which is really hard to find.

Anonymous
#137569

This is ridiculous.You should be ashamed for the childish behavior and unwarranted attacks.

For an attorney he is one of the good apples in the barrel.

And the office is first rate across the board.For anyone considering DeRonde I say you can't make a better legal decision.

Anonymous
#59804

What a Crock of $@#......That SO CALLED LAWYER Clearly took That pour old man for a RIDE!!!Deronde shoud be ASHAMED and So Should Pattie for trying to explain his BAD actions.......

The poor old guy is dead and STLL NOT divorced??? After HOW LONG?

Ridiculous....Your Office Should be SHUT DOWN.

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Glen DeRonde and DeRonde & DeRonde Victims of Internet Smear Campaign

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Two sisters, both the daughters of a former divorce client of mine (Mr. Kenneth Bird) have used various websites to make vicious false claims after I refused to respond to their threats to “make it right.” On of them, identifying herself only as a “d. king” or “L. King,” from Escondido, California, after telling me “TIME IS UP!,” posted on a website the false information that a “CROOKED DIVORCE LAWTER (sic) EMBEZZELS FROM STOCK ACCOUNT AND WORSE,” and threatening to put these lies on more free or inexpensive websites “indexed by 5 major search engines” unless I “contacted” her. Not inclined to dignify what I considered an extortion attempt, Ms. King, allegedly acting on behalf of her sister Mary Donahue, made good on her promise to try to “force” me to contact her to again “make it right” by posting false statements on a multitude of websites, stating “good luck getting any of these removed . . . you cannot effectively threaten the sites with your typical lawyer BS,” threatening that this was “just the beginning” and that “the real fun will begin . . . very soon.” The truth is as follows:

First, a “D. King” never attended any court hearing in the case, nor did she assist her father in any way throughout the court proceedings to the best of my knowledge. Her name was never raised by her father during the course of any representation, except on one occasion (and that in unflattering passing reference).

Next, her sister Mary Donahue was the person to whom hundreds of thousands of dollars were transferred just before Mr. Bird’s separation from his wife and who, according to Mr. Bird, refused to come back to court to explain this when their legitimacy was called into question by Mrs. Bird.

Contrary to Ms. King’s “headline,” I have never “embezzled” a thing from anyone, as my clear record of any disciplinary action with the State Bar of California after approximately 30 years of law practice will verify.

I very reluctantly respond to the allegations with the truth of the matter as follows:

I had known and represented Kenneth Bird for four decades. After the death of his dear wife, Betty Bird, he went to an agency to acquire a young bride from Russia. He met, brought to the United States, and married Valentina, a woman approximately 20 years his junior who had a young daughter who was handicapped. He spent a significant amount of money bringing them to the United States.

When Mrs. Bird filed a Petition for Dissolution of the parties’ marriage on October 31, 2006, Mr. Bird retained me to represent him in the case. Pursuant to our agreement, I charged and provided monthly itemized bills to Mr. Bird on an hourly basis at a reduced rate, and he always paid his bills as best he could without objection.

From the day that Mrs. Bird filed her Petition for divorce, she and Mr. Bird litigated their high conflict case, and the disputes continue to this day. They tried the case over multiple days from March 2006 through October 2007. The case was decided in June 2008 by the Honorable David Haet, Commissioner of the Superior Court. Because the debt they incurred during their marriage was so huge (hundreds of thousands of dollars) and their combined income so low, they found themselves arguing over who should pay the debt. Mrs. Bird filed bankruptcy during the course of the divorce case. Mr. Bird was left with a small house against which he owed approximately $300,000 and tens of thousands owed in credit card debt. Mrs. Bird had saved from bankruptcy her retirement plans worth approximately $50,000. Though the court was ordinarily obliged to divide them equally, in this situation where the parties were in the negative, the judge could make an unequal division of the retirement benefit to help Mr. Bird lower the debt against his house if the judge felt it was “just” and fair. This, plus spousal support, was what Mr. Bird wanted. Court records show what the court did, and why. The following statements are taken directly from documents admitted into evidence in Mr. Bird’s dissolution action or the court file in Solano County Superior Court Case No. FFL093727:

In the court’s decision, the Commissioner awarded Mr. Bird spousal support and one-half of his wife’s retirement benefits, but no more. The Commissioner specifically answered “no” to the question of whether fairness (“equity”) favored Mr. Bird. The court found that Mr. Bird “. . . was a poor manager of his finances and allowed installment debt to mushroom while making little to no income . . . He further gifted a separate residence to a daughter, Mary Donahue, with equity in the $200,000 to $300,000 range, if not higher, and deprived himself of the use of that separate property to provide for his support.”

The court’s decision was based upon the following evidence:

1. At or about the time the parties separated, Mr. Bird listed as his assets in a document in his own hand various bank accounts totaling over $300,000. But the bank records showed that between August 2006 and October 2006 (the latter date when his wife left him), five of those bank accounts were closed totaling over $350,000, and although the money was in the joint names of Kenneth Bird, his wife, and Mary Donahue, all of the money was taken by Ms. Donahue within a day before the couple separated. Mr. Bird and Ms. Donahue testified that the money belonged to Mary Donahue, though Mr. Bird claimed all the interest from the accounts on his tax returns.

2. County records received by the court also showed that his substantial equity in a house on Sunhaven Circle was also conveyed to Ms. Donahue on May 23, 2006, approximately five months before Mr. Bird’s wife left him.

3. Credit card applications admitted into evidence signed by Mr. Bird forging his wife’s signature revealed that he applied for and was granted substantial credit under her name, falsely stating on two applications that his wife operated a business known as “Valentina Enterprises” with annual gross sales of $225,000, and annual gross sales of $125,000 on another application. Her income during that time was little or nothing, and at the time of trial her income was no more than $3,000 per month. The court’s decision expressly “consider(ed) (Mr. Bird’s) fraudulent application for installment credit and use thereof.”

Put quite simply, it appeared that the court did not feel that it was fair for Mrs. Bird to give any more than one-half of her retirement benefits to Mr. Bird when he finally admitted at trial that much of it had been incurred fraudulently without his wife’s knowledge and consent.

Throughout the lengthy trial of this case, Mr. Bird was always appreciative of the work that I had done, and was complimentary and ingratiating. However, as he became increasingly sick due to alcohol related problems, he became increasingly difficult towards others. Finally, just before the Commissioner rendered his decision, Mr. Bird, then in debt with my office, called me to tell me that he was being investigated by law enforcement authorities for having allegedly sexually molested his wife’s daughter. Because I no longer practice criminal law, I referred him to another attorney.

Donalee King and Mary Donahue have falsely accused me of taking money from Mr. Bird’s trust account or from some sort of stock sale. The truth, borne out in court documents and bank records, is this: Mr. Bird was in need of funds to pay his substantial debt. He therefore cashed out certain investment accounts. Valentina Bird’s name was on the accounts and her attorney refused to release the funds to Mr. Bird. In April 2007, both Mr. Bird and Valentina agreed in writing, and the Commissioner made an order, to deposit those funds in my trust account. After Valentina represented herself in pro per, I convinced Valentina that they indeed were Mr. Bird’s separate property and, for that reason, in May of 2007 she stipulated for the release of the funds to Mr. Bird. All of those funds were released to Mr. Bird but for the agreed sum of $4,396.52 which, with his consent, went to pay the outstanding balance on his bill with this office. Because Patricia Ritchie, our office manager, was absent (she was receiving chemotherapy treatment) at the time of the transfer, she did not pick it up. When the missed payment was credited to Mr. Bird’s outstanding bill, he still owed over $3,000 to this office. When he died, his bill was still past due and I forgave any balance due. His case was never completed because I was instructed in writing by Ms. King to do no further work on the case.

Please allow me to say that it is with great reluctance that I dignify the remarks of these two sisters with a response. I had no desire to expose the events of the case to public scrutiny, for the facts do no flattery to their father and their family. Only the harm that they sought to do me and those I love unless I “made it right” caused me to respond in a forum that I find repugnant.

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John Deronde - YOU SUCK! I suggest anyone looking for legal help.. don't even consider this bloodsucking pig!

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SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA

Submitted by:

MARY DONAHUE on behalf of KENNETH BIRD

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VERIFIED ACCUSATION AGAINST ATTORNEY

PROOF of EXHAUSTION of STATE BAR REMEDY

In August 2008 I filed an official complaint with the California State Bar against Attorney Glen DeRonde, who practices law in Fairfield CA. In December of 2008 that complaint was rejected and not sent on to the investigation phase by the Bar. A week later I sent a letter to the Chief Trial Counsel of the Bar, Scott Drexel asking for reconsideration of the decision not to act on my complaint. On March 9, 2009 I received notice from the Bar stating they stood by their first determination and they arbitrarily failed or refused to grant a hearing on the specific charges made in my complaint. [Copies of the correspondence to and from the State Bar and their letter suggesting I file this Verified Accusation with this body are labeled Exhibit A, items (1) - (4), in the folder of Exhibits included with this Verified Accusation against Attorney Glen DeRonde]

STATEMENT OF THE FACTUAL AND LEGAL BASES OF THE CLAIM

1. The attorney DeRonde was retained in November 2006 by my father Kenneth Bird (now deceased), to represent him as Respondent in a divorce action. The initial fee quoted for this litigation was $5,000.00. At the...

This attorney went on to bill my father $30,796.76 over the course of the divorce action,

in violation of 4-200(A) CA Bar Rules of Conduct, prohibiting unconscionable fees. [Exhibits B(1) - (22)] From the first bill in December of 2006, immediately my father began to dispute the amount of the bills and accuracy of the charges and bookkeeping. He complained dozens of times over several months about this but no corrections were ever made. [Exhibits B(23) - (31)]

2. During the pendency of the divorce litigation, DeRonde took possession of monies from several Stock accounts jointly held between my father and myself, totaling close to $40,000.00. The checks were not deposited for several weeks. The money was finally put into a trust account in April 2007 and withdrawn in May 2007. At the time of withdrawal, $4,396.52 of those funds were taken directly by the law firm and to this day have never been accounted for, it simply disappeared. This is in violation of 4-100(A) & (B) CA Bar Rules of Conduct, Preserving Identity of Funds and Property of a Client. This also violates CA Penal Codes §§503, 504 and 506 on Embezzlement. [Exhibits C (1) - (6)] In addition this qualifies as “Abuse of an elder or a dependent adult” under §§15610.07 & 15610.30 of CA Welfare & Institutions Code under Financial Abuse of an Elder.

3. In early 2007 DeRonde insisted my 70 year old father take a loan against his life insurance policy in the amount of $30,000.00 and pay down a second mortgage on his home. At the time, my father was under standard Family Law Restraining orders prohibiting him from taking such a loan against his life insurance policy. My father did

not want to do this and agonized over this substantially, but trusted his lawyer. In court appearances in both October 2007 and January 2008 this came back to haunt my father, as he was informed at that time about the violation of the restraining order. [Exhibits C (7) - (11)] DeRonde forcing my father to take this loan and threatening to drop the case if my father did not do so constitutes being in violation of The State Bar Act (CA B&P Code) sections §6068 Duty of attorney, §6103 Willful disobedience or Violation of Court Order. In addition this qualifies as “Mental suffering” under §15610.53 of CA Welfare & Institutions Code.

4. In August and September 2008, DeRonde, his staff members and his Paralegal Patricia Richie all participated in defaming me, my dead father and one of my siblings by publishing on the Internet false accusations of crimes and declaring my dead father a “child molester”. DeRonde published Attorney/Client Privileged information on the Internet in an attempt to persuade me to stop pursuing justice for my father by my attempts to recoup the missing money (referred to in paragraph 2 above). After all court appearances were complete, in April 2008 my fathers ex-wife attempted to accuse my father of being inappropriate with his step daughter (as happens in many divorce cases). No mention of this was ever made in court or in the divorce litigation. When my father became aware of the allegations, he called Mr. DeRonde to ask what to do. This conversation was protected by the attorney/client privilege and not a part of Public Record of this divorce. This constitutes an unconscionable violation of The State Bar Act (CA B&P Code) §§6068 (e)(1) and (f) Duty of attorney to client. In addition, these false accusations and incendiary, inflammatory defamations against me and my sibling without any proof of such, violate The State Bar Act (CA B&P Code) sections §6106 Moral Turpitude, §6128 Deceit or collusion with intent against any party, 47 U.S.C. §230 Communications Decency Act, California Civil Codes §§43, 44 & 45 Defamation and CA Penal Codes §§519 & 523 under Extortion, as prior to posting this online, DeRonde threatened to do so in a letter. [Exhibits D (1) - (8)]

5. In June 2007 my father made a payment to DeRonde’s office by cashier’s check in the amount of $9,000.00 [Exhibit E (1)]. DeRonde’s June billing first showed this payment correctly, then the July 2007 billing shows DeRonde corrected the payment applied, reducing the $9,000.00 to only $4,603.48 being applied to my father’s account. [Exhibits E (2) - (4)] Every bill from DeRonde between 12/2006 thru 6/2008 was incorrect. The July 2007 statement duplicates verbatim 11 of the charges first billed on the June 2007 statement. The August 07 statements does the same thing, only it adds July's billing as well for a total of 11 triplicate and 8 duplicated charges in only two months time. The extra fees in this example alone total $2,214.25. [Exhibits E (5) - (7)] All the bills are full of obvious errors, incorrect hourly rates, and double charges for identical items. The $320.00 court fee required to respond to the divorce petition (only charged by the court once) shows 11 different times throughout the billing statements. That is an over charge of $3,200.00. [Exhibits E (8) - (29) all bills with the $320.00 are flagged] In addition to embezzlement statutes, each billing violates 18 U.S.C. §§1341 & 1346 Federal Mail Fraud Statutes under Deprivation of Honest Services and using the mail for delivery of fraudulent billing statements for the purpose of obtaining money not rightfully owed, due or earned.

6. In May 2007, while still representing my father the divorce case (to date still not completed), DeRonde sent my father to collections for $8,307.16 that my father did not even owe. [Exhibits F (1)] Between 11/2006 and 1/2008 my father paid DeRonde $25,976.76. [Exhibits F (2) - (8)] DeRonde’s own Court Affidavit 2/2008 states his legal fees were $24,495.20 and court costs were $786.00 totaling $25,282.00. The Historical Billing on 7/09/08 (sent to me by DeRonde’s office upon my unwavering requests) states his legal fees were $26,287.85 and puts the court costs at $1,608.30 totaling $27,896.15. Unless Mr. DeRonde is willing to admit to perjury in his court affidavit 2/2008 [Exhibit F (9)] I submit the court costs were $786.00, as no court fees were paid after January 2008 (per court docket). By the time of the February 2008 affidavit, my

father had already paid DeRonde about $700.00 more than was the alleged total listed in the affidavit of $25,282.00. Just using the two overpayment examples listed above in paragraph 5, it is obvious that my father did not owe anything to DeRonde when he sent my father to collections. There are dozens of billing errors in the 22 bills sent that account for thousands of dollars of fraudulent and over billed charges which were never corrected, no matter how many calls or personal office appearances my father made in order to do so. [Exhibits F (10)]

7. In the letter and historical billing from DeRonde dated 7/9/08, the office manager admits to discovering the lost $4,396.52 that has been missing since May 2007. The letter justifies not returning that money to the estate of my dead father due to forgiving an alleged bill due at the time of his death of approximately $8,300.00. It is very clear by their own math in the court affidavit, the billing errors and the under reporting of payments made to them by my father that there was no money due DeRonde when my father died. In fact, there should be a rather large refund due the Kenneth Bird Estate once the bills are properly corrected. [Exhibits F (11)]

8. The divorce case DeRonde represented my father in was not complicated. The marriage was under ten years, no children, two vehicles and a retirement account. The Petitioner acted Pro Per for most of the case. DeRonde intentionally delayed this case to inflate his legal fees which should never have been allowed due to his oral contract and promise to complete the case for $5,000.00. Whenever DeRonde was contacted about the over-billing, he told my father the larger the bills appeared the better, as the legal costs and attorney’s fees would be awarded to my dad at the end of the case. They were not. At the time my father hired DeRonde for this divorce case, he and DeRonde had been friends for 30 years or more. The day before the divorce was filed, the Petitioner had cleaned over $30,000.00 out of my fathers bank account, leaving him cash poor. My father was told that the $5,000.00 was DeRonde’s discount for a “friend”. A few months into the case, DeRonde discovered the $40K in stocks my father and I owned. As soon as those checks for those funds were in the possession of DeRonde (March 2007), suddenly the monthly bills began to exceed the promised cap of $5K. The bill for April 2007 alone was $5,537.05. For May 2007 it was another $4,321.90. Then money began to disappear (in May 2007 $4,396.52; in June 2007 another $4,396.52 as the $9,000.00 payment was ultimately only credited as $4,603.48). Our position is that DeRonde agreed to take the case for $5,000.00 when he believed my father had no liquid assets after his wife cleaned out the bank account. However, after DeRonde (through discovery) located the stock fund money, we believe he conspired to obtain those funds as well. The case was full of intentional delays violating The State Bar Act §6128(b) Willfully delaying client's suit with a view to his own gain. During this simple divorce case there were no less than five Income and Expense Declarations required from my father, four Trial Dates, five OSC Hearings Motions, seven Settlement & Management Conferences and five Continuances. My father was getting more ill as the case dragged on and kept wanting to know why the delays, begging for this divorce to conclude. Dad’s questions were always ignored or placated. Whenever my father questioned the billing errors and demanded correction, my father was told he just didn’t understand the billing. Whenever my father demanded corrections be made before paying any additional money, DeRonde would threaten to drop the case. This scared my father so much and created such anguish that he would put his head in his hands and cry, stating how he could not fight both his ex-wife and his lawyer. Dad didn’t have the money to start all over again with a different lawyer and DeRonde knew it. By this time my father was in a wheel chair and just wanted to live to see the marathon divorce ended. This certainly qualifies as Elder Abuse under CA Welfare & Institutions Code §15610.53 "Mental suffering".

THE LAW and STATE BAR DUTY to PUBLIC

The California Legislature found misappropriations of client funds especially important, as the likelihood of this behavior being a common practice of the law firm subjects all of the lawyer’s clients to the potential of similar victimization as described in paragraphs 2 and 5 above (Under STATEMENT OF THE FACTUAL AND LEGAL BASES OF THE CLAIM section). The State Bar Act §6091.1 Client Trust Fund Investigation of Overdrafts and Misappropriations states: (a) The Legislature finds that overdrafts and misappropriations from attorney trust accounts are serious problems, and determines that it is in the public interest to ensure prompt detection and investigation of instances involving overdrafts and misappropriations from attorney trust accounts.

Although the State Bar is not tasked with the responsibility of addressing criminal violations of the law by attorneys, the punishment for violating a state rule of professional responsibility ranges from private or public reprimand to suspension or disbarment. The State Bar Act §6077 Rules of Professional Conduct—Sanctions for their Violation states “the rules of professional conduct....... are binding upon all

members of the State Bar” and provides for the discipline of its members (by the State Bar) by ...”reproval, public or private, or to recommend .....the suspension from practice for a period not exceeding three years”. Violations of the The State Bar Act §§6103, 6106 constitutes cause for disbarment or suspension of attorney by the State Bar. Other violations claimed in this Verified Accusation carry penalties of jail and/or fines which, upon conviction of such, would eventually lead to disbarment or suspension of attorney under The State Bar Act §6102 Conviction of Crime. The State Bar, by refusing to even investigate these complaints was neglectful of its duty to protect the people of California by failing to enforce the statutory disciplinary process and procedures against lawyers who violate the laws, statutes and rules they have sworn to uphold and abide by. I have shown by the official complaint (with exhibits) to the State Bar and by this Verified Accusation (with attached exhibits) that it is reasonable to believe by the facts presented, attorney Glen DeRonde has violated the CA Rules of Conduct, The State Bar Act and various State and Federal laws by his conduct. Especially egregious of these being the violation of attorney/client privilege and defamation by Internet, charging an unconscionable fee, the willful disobedience in violating a Court Order, misappropriation of client funds and Elder Abuse. To deprive us of the ability to address these violations by an official State Bar investigation is equal to sanctioning such behavior, thus allowing this lawyer to continue to victimize his clients with impunity. I not only seek justice for my father, but to also prevent further future victimization by this attorney upon his future clients.

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Glen DeRonde - Fairfield, CA: CROOKED DIVORCE LAWYER EMBEZZLES FROM STOCK ACCOUNT & WORSE

San Diego, California 7 comments
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This Fairfield CA divorce attorney should be disbarred.He is a crook, a fraud, a thief, an embezzler and a liar.

I have proof he recently screwed my dad during a family court action out of close to $60K, and after being paid $25K for his malpractice caliber representation, never finished the case. My father's estate had to finish the Dissolution Judgement and QDROs on our own. I am currently reporting him to various authorities for the following violations: 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 1346, California PENAL CODE §§ 134, 503, 504 & 506 ; California Business & Professions Code (State Bar Act) §§ 6068, 6103, 6106, 6128, 6148, 6211 & 6212; California WELFARE & INST CODE §§ 15610.07, 15610.27, 15610.53; California Rules of Professional Conduct Rules: 3-110(A), 3-700(D)(1), 3-700(D)(2), 4-100(A)&(B) & 4-200(A)&(B).

After nearly of two years of over billing my father and dragging out this case only to keep padding his bill, my father died. When I noticed money missing from my fathers trust account from stock sales and asked for an audit - he decided the law firm would forgive the alleged balance due of $8400.00 (after my dad had paid $25K already).

When I challenged that balance and insisted upon an audit - the firm admitted to at misplacing least $4500.00 of my father's money -BUT they said since the bill had already been forgiven a week or so before that, they REFUSED to refund even the admitted amount stolen.The nerve!

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Anonymous
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Glen DeRonde has worked endlessly to solve a difficult situation for me.It has taken hours of his time over an incredibly long period, yet he continued to research, work and do everything possible for me.

He has worked to right the wrong that was done, and has succeeded amazingly, inspite of unbelievable obstacles. He and his staff deserve a Standing O.

I would and just about did, place my life in his capable hands.He came from an honest, hardworking family, and has continued that tradition admirably!

Anonymous
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There is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional

acceptance of life and what it brings. My daughter recently had the opportunity to need the assistance of an attorney. Mr. DeRonde came highly recommended to me by a very wonderful and dear friend, that being said I knew my family was in the best hands possible.

Mr. DeRonde has done a fantastic job on our case, he has valued my opinion and been very understanding to my needs. Our case is not over with yet but no matter what the outcome is, I do know that Glen DeRonde has treated us like family and has gone above and beyond to make sure that my family is taken care of.

No one is Perfect but Glen DeRonde comes very close to it. His name is the only name I will remember when someone ask me if I know a good attorney.

Anonymous
Westwood Lake, Florida, United States #31795

I have been an employee of the Law Offices of Glen A.DeRonde since December 2006, and in that time I worked on over thirty documents related to Mr.

Bird’s dissolution. As a result, I was in frequent contact with Mr. Bird with whom I developed a friendship over the 18 months that I knew him. To the best of my knowledge, most, if not all, of my interactions with Mr.

Bird were of a friendly nature, despite the numerous legal and financial troubles he was facing. In fact, I recall on more than one occasion Mr. Bird telling me anecdotes of his childhood and early adulthood in between discussions or revisions of whatever paperwork he had come in to review. Furthermore, Mr.

Bird took the time to prepare us egg rolls to show his appreciation for numerous hours and late nights we spent making sure that his case was given our full attention. Even when Mr. Bird’s health began to deteriorate he made the effort to attend our office Christmas party (escorted by his brother Ray) as one of only a few clients that we felt close enough with to invite. In light of the aforementioned, it is clear to me that Mr.

Bird felt completely at ease and appreciative of the work our firm produced on his behalf.

I was deeply saddened to hear that Mr. Bird had passed away. More importantly however, I am saddened by the campaign his two daughters are waging against Mr. DeRonde in an effort to ruin a reputation he has spent thirty years building in this...

Their campaign is desperate, dishonest and at best can only be considered conniving and unscrupulous. It is unfortunate for me to think that the only reason they are making such audacious claims about Mr. DeRonde’s legal integrity is because they were, much to their dismay, left with nothing after Mr. Bird’s passing.

It is my belief that Mr.Bird would have expected more from his daughters and would be ashamed if he knew what they were doing and saying about a firm that he no doubt respected.

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Anonymous
Westwood Lake, Florida, United States #31793

I have been an employee of the Law Offices of Glen A.DeRonde since December 2006, and in that time I worked on over thirty documents related to Mr.

Bird’s dissolution. As a result, I was in frequent contact with Mr. Bird with whom I developed a friendship over the 18 months that I knew him. To the best of my knowledge, most, if not all, of my interactions with Mr.

Bird were of a friendly nature, despite the numerous legal and financial troubles he was facing. In fact, I recall on more than one occasion Mr. Bird telling me anecdotes of his childhood and early adulthood in between discussions or revisions of whatever paperwork he had come in to review. Furthermore, Mr.

Bird took the time to prepare us egg rolls to show his appreciation for numerous hours and late nights we spent making sure that his case was given our full attention. Even when Mr. Bird’s health began to deteriorate he made the effort to attend our office Christmas party (escorted by his brother Ray) as one of only a few clients that we felt close enough with to invite. In light of the aforementioned, it is clear to me that Mr.

Bird felt completely at ease and appreciative of the work our firm produced on his behalf.

I was deeply saddened to hear that Mr. Bird had passed away. More importantly however, I am saddened by the campaign his two daughters are waging against Mr. DeRonde in an effort to ruin a reputation he has spent thirty years building in this...

Their campaign is desperate, dishonest and at best can only be considered conniving and unscrupulous. It is unfortunate for me to think that the only reason they are making such audacious claims about Mr. DeRonde’s legal integrity is because they were, much to their dismay, left with nothing after Mr. Bird’s passing.

It is my belief that Mr.Bird would have expected more from his daughters and would be ashamed if he knew what they were doing and saying about a firm that he no doubt respected.

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Anonymous
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First off let me start by saying that these accusations to me seem a little far fetched!Look the case up first!

Glen DeRonde is currently representing me in a Child Custody case and was referred to me

by numerous people who have done nothing but rave about how professional and attentive this man is.

I retained Mr.. DeRonde is hopes of him living up those expectations and to this day I can honestly say he has gone above and beyond for my case. Just as you would expect for any lawyer to do for there client. To sit here and read these crazy and off the wall allegations about someone who is well known in his community and has represented ALOT of people ( who I know personally) is really quite disturbing.

You call him a fraud , liar and a thief ??!! He must be one *** of a good fraud, liar and thief then because this man is still practicing has been practicing law for over 30 years and to my knowledge has never been accused of such horrific things in his time. As a matter a fact he has done everything he can to keep the costs for MY case minimal!! You should Google search his name..the only off the wall thing you are going to find are these ridiculous accusations posted by the same person over and over again.

Before you drag someone's name through the mud you should do your homework and do a little research while you are at it. There is a right way to handle these sorts of things and its seems to me that if you really thought that this...

You would be handling it in more of a professional manner.Unfortunately you dont always get what you want and in this case...its seems to me that you didn't get what you wanted!And you say he has NERVE...You have NERVE!

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Anonymous
Westwood Lake, Florida, United States #30231

After your sister, Mary Donahue, bad-mouthed Glen DeRonde (who handled my divorce case) while she was doing my hair at her salon, I went home and looked up your dad, Kenneth Bird's, divorce case on-line (thru www.solanocourts.com, Court Connect - Case No.FFL093727), and saw that this attorney filed over 50 documents on your dad's behalf.

Sure looks like an awful lot of work was devoted to your dad's case by this gentleman, as he did to my own case. How involved could you have possibly been in this case? The blogs that you have posted in your internet smear campaign indicate that you live in Escondido. How many times did you appear in court or sit by your father during the hearings to give him moral support?

What about your sister Mary Donahue? Was she sitting by your dad's side? Nope, I think that you and your sister took an interest in the proceedings after good old dad passed away and the two of you found that he had left no money to either of you. I don't think that I have ever seen such a vicious assault waged upon a person as you and your sister have upon Mr.

DeRonde. This man has proved himself to the community to be a good, honest and capable attorney. He has done nothing wrong. He has served this community for decades -- and who are you?

What credibility do you have?Who in the world are you people?

Anonymous
Westwood Lake, Florida, United States #30227

After your sister, Mary Donahue, bad-mouthed Glen DeRonde (who handled my divorce case) while she was doing my hair at her salon, I went home and looked up your dad, Kenneth Bird's, divorce case on-line (thru www.solanocourts.com, Court Connect - Case No.FFL093727), and saw that this attorney filed over 50 documents on your dad's behalf.

Sure looks like an awful lot of work was devoted to your dad's case by this gentleman, as he did to my own case. How involved could you have possibly been in this case? The blogs that you have posted in your internet smear campaign indicate that you live in Escondido. How many times did you appear in court or sit by your father during the hearings to give him moral support?

What about your sister Mary Donahue? Was she sitting by your dad's side? Nope, I think that you and your sister took an interest in the proceedings after good old dad passed away and the two of you found that he had left no money to either of you. I don't think that I have ever seen such a vicious assault waged upon a person as you and your sister have upon Mr.

DeRonde. This man has proved himself to the community to be a good, honest and capable attorney. He has done nothing wrong. He has served this community for decades -- and who are you?

What credibility do you have?Who in the world are you people?

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Glen DeRonde - Fairfield, CA: CROOKED DIVORCE LAWTER EMBEZZELS FROM STOCK ACCOUNT & WORSE

San Diego, California 6 comments
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This Fairfield CA divorce attorney should be disbarred.He is a crook, a fraud, a thief, an embezzler and a liar.

I have proof he recently screwed my dad during a family court action out of close to $60K, and after being paid $25K for his malpractice caliber representation, never finished the case. My father's estate had to finish the Dissolution Judgement and QDROs on our own. I am currently reporting him to various authorities for the following violations: 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 1346, California PENAL CODE §§ 134, 503, 504 & 506 ; California Business & Professions Code (State Bar Act) §§ 6068, 6103, 6106, 6128, 6148, 6211 & 6212; California WELFARE & INST CODE §§ 15610.07, 15610.27, 15610.53; California Rules of Professional Conduct Rules: 3-110(A), 3-700(D)(1), 3-700(D)(2), 4-100(A)&(B) & 4-200(A)&(B).

After nearly of two years of over billing my father and dragging out this case only to keep padding his bill, my father died. When I noticed money missing from my fathers trust account from stock sales and asked for an audit - he decided the law firm would forgive the alleged balance due of $8400.00 (after my dad had paid $25K already).

When I challenged that balance and insisted upon an audit - the firm admitted to at misplacing least $4500.00 of my father's money -BUT they said since the bill had already been forgiven a week or so before that, they REFUSED to refund even the admitted amount stolen.The nerve!

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Anonymous
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I feel compelled to post something on Glenn DeRonde's behalf.I was a client in 2001 and i'm shocked at your remarks.

He was nothing but fair, kind and respondent, which is rare with attorney's and divorce cases, as i here.

Although I ended up not going through with my divorce, he was kind enough to give me back my unused portion of my retainer, which legally he didn't have to.A contract is a contract and the law is the law and nobody works for free.

Anonymous
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:( It is horrible that this criminal continues to victimize people and even more tragic that no one cares to do anything about his crimes.

Anonymous
#67350

I know of a client of Mr.Glen DeRonde who has been represented by him for the past few years who is continuing to get taken advantage of.

He produces pounds of paper to opposing party and will make lengthy calls in order to rack up the attorney fees. There were at least a dozen times in a particular case where it could've been resolved but Mr. DeRonde just kept taking it back to court. One of his clients even had a traumatic brain injury and he took complete advantage of the situation even though his clients' former spouse was willing to be amicable in working out a custody that would enable him to take time to heal and get proper medical rehabilitation.

I could say a million harsh things about Mr. DeRonde but I think Karma will catch up him.

It's just too bad for his clients who are in the poor house due to his unnecessary actions while he completes a million dollar rennovation on his home.:sigh

Anonymous
Westwood Lake, Florida, United States #31794

I have been an employee of the Law Offices of Glen A.DeRonde since December 2006, and in that time I worked on over thirty documents related to Mr.

Bird’s dissolution. As a result, I was in frequent contact with Mr. Bird with whom I developed a friendship over the 18 months that I knew him. To the best of my knowledge, most, if not all, of my interactions with Mr.

Bird were of a friendly nature, despite the numerous legal and financial troubles he was facing. In fact, I recall on more than one occasion Mr. Bird telling me anecdotes of his childhood and early adulthood in between discussions or revisions of whatever paperwork he had come in to review. Furthermore, Mr.

Bird took the time to prepare us egg rolls to show his appreciation for numerous hours and late nights we spent making sure that his case was given our full attention. Even when Mr. Bird’s health began to deteriorate he made the effort to attend our office Christmas party (escorted by his brother Ray) as one of only a few clients that we felt close enough with to invite. In light of the aforementioned, it is clear to me that Mr.

Bird felt completely at ease and appreciative of the work our firm produced on his behalf.

I was deeply saddened to hear that Mr. Bird had passed away. More importantly however, I am saddened by the campaign his two daughters are waging against Mr. DeRonde in an effort to ruin a reputation he has spent thirty years building in this...

Their campaign is desperate, dishonest and at best can only be considered conniving and unscrupulous. It is unfortunate for me to think that the only reason they are making such audacious claims about Mr. DeRonde’s legal integrity is because they were, much to their dismay, left with nothing after Mr. Bird’s passing.

It is my belief that Mr.Bird would have expected more from his daughters and would be ashamed if he knew what they were doing and saying about a firm that he no doubt respected.

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Anonymous
Westwood Lake, Florida, United States #30233

After your sister, Mary Donahue, bad-mouthed Glen DeRonde (who handled my divorce case) while she was doing my hair at her salon, I went home and looked up your dad, Kenneth Bird's, divorce case on-line (thru www.solanocourts.com, Court Connect - Case No.FFL093727), and saw that this attorney filed over 50 documents on your dad's behalf.

Sure looks like an awful lot of work was devoted to your dad's case by this gentleman, as he did to my own case. How involved could you have possibly been in this case? The blogs that you have posted in your internet smear campaign indicate that you live in Escondido. How many times did you appear in court or sit by your father during the hearings to give him moral support?

What about your sister Mary Donahue? Was she sitting by your dad's side? Nope, I think that you and your sister took an interest in the proceedings after good old dad passed away and the two of you found that he had left no money to either of you. I don't think that I have ever seen such a vicious assault waged upon a person as you and your sister have upon Mr.

DeRonde. This man has proved himself to the community to be a good, honest and capable attorney. He has done nothing wrong. He has served this community for decades -- and who are you?

What credibility do you have?Who in the world are you people?

Anonymous
Westwood Lake, Florida, United States #30229

After your sister, Mary Donahue, bad-mouthed Glen DeRonde (who handled my divorce case) while she was doing my hair at her salon, I went home and looked up your dad, Kenneth Bird's, divorce case on-line (thru www.solanocourts.com, Court Connect - Case No.FFL093727), and saw that this attorney filed over 50 documents on your dad's behalf.

Sure looks like an awful lot of work was devoted to your dad's case by this gentleman, as he did to my own case. How involved could you have possibly been in this case? The blogs that you have posted in your internet smear campaign indicate that you live in Escondido. How many times did you appear in court or sit by your father during the hearings to give him moral support?

What about your sister Mary Donahue? Was she sitting by your dad's side? Nope, I think that you and your sister took an interest in the proceedings after good old dad passed away and the two of you found that he had left no money to either of you. I don't think that I have ever seen such a vicious assault waged upon a person as you and your sister have upon Mr.

DeRonde. This man has proved himself to the community to be a good, honest and capable attorney. He has done nothing wrong. He has served this community for decades -- and who are you?

What credibility do you have?Who in the world are you people?

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Glen DeRonde - CROOKED DIVORCE LAWTER EMBEZZELS FROM STOCK ACCOUNT & WORSE

San Diego, California 2 comments
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This attorney should be disbarred.He is a crook, a fraud, a thief, an embezzler and a liar.

I have proof he recently screwed my dad during a family court action out of close to $60K, and after being paid $25K for his malpractice caliber representation, never finished the case. My father's estate had to finish the Dissolution Judgement and QDROs on our own. I am currently reporting him to various authorities for the following violations: 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 1346, California PENAL CODE §§ 134, 503, 504 & 506 ; California Business & Professions Code (State Bar Act) §§ 6068, 6103, 6106, 6128, 6148, 6211 & 6212; California WELFARE & INST CODE §§ 15610.07, 15610.27, 15610.53; California Rules of Professional Conduct Rules: 3-110(A), 3-700(D)(1), 3-700(D)(2), 4-100(A)&(B) & 4-200(A)&(B).

After nearly of two years of over billing my father and dragging out this case only to keep padding his bill, my father died. When I noticed money missing from my fathers trust account from stock sales and asked for an audit - he decided the law firm would forgive the alleged balance due of $8400.00 (after my dad had paid $25K already).

When I challenged that balance and insisted upon an audit - the firm admitted to at misplacing least $4500.00 of my father's money -BUT they said since the bill had already been forgiven a week or so before that, they REFUSED to refund even the admitted amount stolen.The nerve!

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Anonymous
Westwood Lake, Florida, United States #30234

After your sister, Mary Donahue, bad-mouthed Glen DeRonde (who handled my divorce case) while she was doing my hair at her salon, I went home and looked up your dad, Kenneth Bird's, divorce case on-line (thru www.solanocourts.com, Court Connect - Case No.FFL093727), and saw that this attorney filed over 50 documents on your dad's behalf.

Sure looks like an awful lot of work was devoted to your dad's case by this gentleman, as he did to my own case. How involved could you have possibly been in this case? The blogs that you have posted in your internet smear campaign indicate that you live in Escondido. How many times did you appear in court or sit by your father during the hearings to give him moral support?

What about your sister Mary Donahue? Was she sitting by your dad's side? Nope, I think that you and your sister took an interest in the proceedings after good old dad passed away and the two of you found that he had left no money to either of you. I don't think that I have ever seen such a vicious assault waged upon a person as you and your sister have upon Mr.

DeRonde. This man has proved himself to the community to be a good, honest and capable attorney. He has done nothing wrong. He has served this community for decades -- and who are you?

What credibility do you have?Who in the world are you people?

Anonymous
Westwood Lake, Florida, United States #30230

After your sister, Mary Donahue, bad-mouthed Glen DeRonde (who handled my divorce case) while she was doing my hair at her salon, I went home and looked up your dad, Kenneth Bird's, divorce case on-line (thru www.solanocourts.com, Court Connect - Case No.FFL093727), and saw that this attorney filed over 50 documents on your dad's behalf.

Sure looks like an awful lot of work was devoted to your dad's case by this gentleman, as he did to my own case. How involved could you have possibly been in this case? The blogs that you have posted in your internet smear campaign indicate that you live in Escondido. How many times did you appear in court or sit by your father during the hearings to give him moral support?

What about your sister Mary Donahue? Was she sitting by your dad's side? Nope, I think that you and your sister took an interest in the proceedings after good old dad passed away and the two of you found that he had left no money to either of you. I don't think that I have ever seen such a vicious assault waged upon a person as you and your sister have upon Mr.

DeRonde. This man has proved himself to the community to be a good, honest and capable attorney. He has done nothing wrong. He has served this community for decades -- and who are you?

What credibility do you have?Who in the world are you people?

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