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Bar of California from 1979 through 1986. While with the Office
of Trial Counsel, Mr. Markle prosecuted over 100 formal
disciplinary proceedings against California attorneys, and as a
private practitioner he has defended over 200 attorneys in legal
malpractice matters and formal disciplinary proceedings. Mr.
Markle's expert report was submitted as his direct testimony.
In offices with a primarily Asian clientele, an Asian
administrator, who frequently controls access to the client base,
often becomes, in effect, the principal, while the lawyer is the
administrator's employee. Mr. Yoon's dominance over the
operation of petitioner's law practice, therefore, is consistent
with common practice in personal injury law offices in the Los
Angeles area that have primarily an Asian clientele.
Petitioner's Office Procedures
The majority of cases handled by petitioner's law firm
during 1988 through 1991 involved personal injury claims.
Clients came to the firm through print and television
advertisements aimed primarily at the Korean community and
through the efforts of Mr. Yoon. Prospective clients executed
retainer agreements with the “Law Offices of Robert T. Schirle”.
Occasionally, petitioner was present when the client signed the
retainer agreement; other times Mr. Yoon or another member of the
law office, or a combination thereof, was present. A client file
was established after the client signed the retainer agreement.
An investigation was made, and police reports, medical records,
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