This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
Disbarment is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the California State Bar to understand the reasons for disbarment.
A censure or reprimand issued by the Supreme Court or the State Bar Court that is not a matter of public record unless imposed after the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings. No period of suspension is imposed. The reproval may be imposed with duties or conditions.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|2009 Top Lawyers||OC Metro Magazine||2009|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2006|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2005|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2004|
|N/A||Law Office of Brenda McCune||2001 - 2009|
|N/A||Stegmeier & Gelbart||2000 - 2001|
|N/A||Law Office of Richard Sullivan||1999 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Chair, Orange County Regional Standing Committee||2009 - Present|
|Brea Chamber of Commerce||Member||2009 - Present|
|Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce||Member||2002 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association / Family Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||Member||2003 - 2011|
|Executive Committee of the Family Law Section, Orange County Bar Assn.||Director||2001 - 2004|
|Jane Doe||Wife's separate property contribution to acquisition of family home confirmed to her and ordered to be reimbursed.|
|Jane Doe||Trial court found for Client/Wife, residence confirmed to her as a separate property gift to her from her father.|
|John Doe||Custody to Father, visitation to Mother. Mother sentenced to 40 hours community service for violation of court order.|
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|National Business Institute Seminar||Divorce Law Guide A to Z||2010|
|The Gavel (OCTLA)||Getting Documents into Evidence||2008|
|The Gavel||Nuts and Bolts: Family Law for the Tort Lawyer||2007|
|Orange County Lawyer Magazine||Separating Siblings||2005|
|Orange County Lawyer Magazine||Get A Job!||2001|
|Western State University College of Law||N/A||N/A||1995|
|Divorce A to Z||Family Law and Divorce||2010|
Posted by Ted
If I could turn back the clock I would. I wasted 3 months with this lady and over $2000 in fees that she still wont return.
After my initial consultation with her and rapidly approaching court date I could not get her to return my many phone calls. It was not until I threatened her with termination did she contact me. At court she was an hour late and the family law judge took out her anger on me. I was humiliated with my ex looking on. It looked like McCune had slept in the clothes she was wearing and I thought I smelled alcohol on her breath but I could not be sure.
She fumbled through her large briefcase which was a mess. My issue had to do with modification of visitation however as she rambled on it was apparent to everyone that she was not prepared or very familiar with my case. The family law judge put a stop to the proceedings. I fired her on the spot.
She is really nice and attentive when you first meet her but that is where it ends. I do feel a bit sorry for her after spending that time in court with her. I will get my retainer back I'm being told by my current attorney.
Posted by anonymous
Could not finish my case due to her being suspended by the State Bar of California. I should have investigated this attorney instead of relaying on a recommendation. I now see Ms. McCune was on probation and under another investigation late last year. Why did she take on my case if she knew she had an ongoing case against her which she choose to ignore versus responding to the charges? Did she not know in ignoring repeated request by the State Bar would result in a suspension? Is that why she didn't bother paying her annual attorney membership fee? Why did she not disclose this to me when she took my retainer? Now I need to get another attorney to pick up where Ms. McCune left off. And she has the nerve to tell her clients that she is retiring. Shame on her..
Posted by anonymous
- I experienced a similar issue as others who posted here of Brenda using up my retainer without producing value and results.
- I found her disorganized
- Sometimes her language of events, especially if she was questioned was very crude and raw. Very unprofessional and defensive as though her self-maturation is very young.
- There is a "defensive, hyper sensitive crazy vibe" with her persona which seems to be like two personalities - the one she shows with other attorney's and the one she shows clients. She clearly has two agendas and the agenda with clients comes off as insincere.
- Lack of accountability and blaming others for why she is late to court, why my paperwork wasn't filed on time, why she had to go home early.
- Honestly, I don't think she could make it in a bigger firm where she would be held accountable.
- I imagine with all these reviews if we put a website together we could gather the complaints and organize our efforts so that she can be formally reported to the Bar.
James Oliver, Personal injury Attorney
I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer's work. I practice only criminal law, so when an Orange County client has a family law issue, I refer them to Mrs. McCune. Every client has raved about Mrs. McCune's work ethic, knowledge and courtesy.
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