Securities Lawyers Gone Wild – Svitlana Sangary

Business Lawyer Photoshops Her Way to a Six Month Suspension

Some wayward attorneys content themselves with writing fraudulent opinion letters, but Svitlana Sangary, a Los Angeles business lawyer, yearned for the red carpet.  In an apparent attempt to convince prospective clients that she hobnobbed with the rich and powerful, she filled the “publicity” page at her website with photoshopped images of herself cozying up to a considerable number of celebrities and politicians. 

Although the California State Bar Association commenced a disciplinary action early this year, she has not removed her creations from the site.  Neither has she participated extensively in the proceeding.  She’s refused to attend hearings, and submitted only two accounts of her strange behavior.  Neither was found by the judge in charge to be on point.

In one of them, Sangary explained that she was a “prominent donor and philanthropist, supporting important social causes, who had recently received the email from President Obama, with the subject line ‘I need your help today.’”  As an exhibit to her response, she attached an email from Obama—with whom she pictured herself at her website—asking that she “[c]hip in $3 or more” to the Democratic Party.

Other portions of both responses reveal a loony obsession with actress Natalie Portman.

On September 11, 2014, Donald Miles, a Judge of the State Bar Court, ruled that Sangary should be placed on probation for a period of three years, and that she should be suspended from the practice of law for the first six months of that time.  He also reprimanded her for her “persistent lack on insight regarding her need to comply with her professional obligations and her ongoing failures to do so,” and characterized the photoshopped images as false and deceptive advertising.

 While Sangary’s story is amusing, it makes clear the importance of choosing a qualified and stable legal representative when one is needed.  Natalie Portman may have won an Oscar for her performance in Black Swan, but Sangary is unlikely to win any awards for herself or, more importantly, for her hapless clients.

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