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  • Submitted: Wed, October 06, 2010
  • Updated: Mon, September 17, 2012

  • Reported By: Bob jacobs — Sherman oaks California United States of America
Carol Sternberg
16530 Ventura Boulevard Encino, CA 91436 (818) 907 Internet United States of America

Carol Sternberg Law offices of Carol Sternberg The attorney makes up fake hours and bills for them, carol is a fraud and a scam who has Lost her licence in the past , Internet

*Consumer Comment: 7 years later....worst representation I've ever seen.

*Consumer Comment: All attorneys are whacked?? No - but Carol Sternberg is

*Consumer Comment: Trying learn about this attorney. Lot of gripes, with exact same mis-spellings. No details.

*Consumer Comment: Carol Sternberg discussed in Judicial Admonishment

*UPDATE Employee: SHE IS A FRAUD

*UPDATE Employee: I worked for this company

*Author of original report: carol sternberg needs to stop stealing from people

*Author of original report: Carol Sternberg

*Author of original report: Scam artist...Carol Sternberg

*Author of original report: Carol Sternberg

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I went see carol and hired her to represent my divorce, she never returned my calls, and just keeps billing and sending bills to my house. She allowed a first year attorney to take her place in a arbitration without any notice. The attorney did not state on the stipulation that my house was community property and I lost most of my money paying other attorneys to help me prove that my house was community property. My ex wife tried to take my house from me because of Carol Sternberg. She did not even call me tp tell me she was sorry. She's a complete fraud and a thief. She ended up taking me to court for more frivolous billing she did. Do not use her she will make you broke.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/06/2010 04:37 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Carol-Sternberg/internet/Carol-Sternberg-Law-offices-of-Carol-Sternberg-The-attorney-makes-up-fake-hours-and-bills-648253. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

7 years later....worst representation I've ever seen.

AUTHOR: Newsunsmiles - ()

Carol Sternberg represented me during the dissolution of my marriage and dragged it out for 20 months. I was looking over my papers and noticed over and over she had the wrong children named in my declarations, mispelling, grammatical errors, financial errors in calculations, and when I would correct her her.I was billed.

I have documented letters from her telling me she was " shocked and perplexed" at the messages I would leave about her billing me $ 200 to change my address on court. My address was and is the same for the past 15 years. I was never able to reach her, the overcharges, the continual and consistent errors in her paperwork. Omg, she continually billed for her mistakes and errors.. I was so happy to hear she had been suspended in 2009. I wish I could sue her.

I am paying my husband lifetime alimony and we make the same amount of money. However I was salary and he was hourly.

She would flirt with the male attorneys, disappear for hours, and bill for her time while absent.  I was told she overbilled clients simultaneously. She argued she spent substantial time in the division of our property, I did all of the footwork, paperwork and gave it to her admin to type. I was charged for 15 hours of Carols time preparing documents. Did she type it and does she type 5 words a minute?

Do not use her...she's bad news. Still paying alimony after 7 years...even when I was unemployed...because she said I had more potential than may ex. 

Loohing for a new attorney to clean up her mess, 7 years later. Kids are grown..I just can pay alimony to a man anymore.

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#2 Consumer Comment

All attorneys are whacked?? No - but Carol Sternberg is

AUTHOR: Tonja J - (United States of America)

I'm not certain who you are referring to as posting from AZ, but, really, what difference would that make?   A person can still be legally married/divorced in CA, have Community Property in that state, and reside, now, in another state.

Seriously, are you five years old?

I was told by a reliable source that Carol Sternberg took a retainer from a new client DURING her 30 day suspension, and instead of appearing at the MSC herself, due to being suspended, she arbitrarily sent the most inexperienced person she could - a first year law graduate, who (presumably) was also the cheapest sub she could find.

For Carol, it's all about the money.... who can pay her so that she can, as she says "I can get you a win in front of some judges who are my friends".  

She is one of the most corrupt, dishonest, unethical and greedy lawyers I've ever seen in my humble opinion.

She even had the temerity to blame her DEAD husband for stealing from  her client trust account.  Really??  Who does that??
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#3 Consumer Comment

Trying learn about this attorney. Lot of gripes, with exact same mis-spellings. No details.

AUTHOR: nonlawyerfan - (United States of America)

Seriously.  To be a lawyer, your moral compass has to be whacked.  What attorney, anywhere, is an angel. Here in L.A. ? What are you ? 9 years old ?

Wait. California is a "Community Property" state...it says here your posting this from Arizona and you paid all your money to prove a house was community property in California ?  Where, what 90% of divorce cases give the house to the wife ?

Do you understand how professional services billing structure works ? Like, $100/hour. 1 HOUR Minimum?
Quick phone call = $100.  Quick meeting = $100. Etc.  I'm not an attorney and I really don't like them. 
I do realize the necessity of them in certain instances.  And none of those instances are arbitration.
I'm suprised a seasoned member of the bar even bother using a 1 year lawyer as a resource for it. You mean
you hired her 'Firm' to represent you and she rearranged priorities associated with experience ?

Divorce arbitration in California is so known in it's outcome, even dudes that have never been
married know how it turns out.  You should be writing about your ex-wife trying to take a house 
that for some reason the courts didn't just give her outright.

Good luck man. Throw down some facts of details next time.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Carol Sternberg discussed in Judicial Admonishment

AUTHOR: Tonja J - (United States of America)

As one of the "litigants" who filed complaints against Commissioner Alan Friedenthal and Carol Sternberg for not disclosing their personal relationship during our Custody Case - I hope that everyone has had a chance to read the "Severe Public Admonishment" that was finally issued by the Commission on Judicial Performance after a long 4.5 year investigation:
(find it here:  http://cjp.ca.gov/res/docs/public_admon/Friedenthal_DO_4-3-12.pdf)

Neither Carol Sternberg nor her friend Commissioner Alan Friedenthal disclosed their relationship, although they were both obligated to do so.  

Carol Sternberg made false statements so many times in her "declarations", in court, and just in general discussions - it never seemed to even a minor issue for her to not tell the truth on anything.

Even in her State Bar proceedings - instead of admitting fault, she chose to place the blame on her poor deceased husband!!     That alone speaks as to the state of her moral compass!

I would never, in a million years, recommend anyone to use this attorney.   She is the type of attorney that gives them all bad names.
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#5 UPDATE Employee

SHE IS A FRAUD

AUTHOR: Joshua B - (United States of America)

Caroline Sue Sternberg - #122078

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

Summaries from the California Bar Journal are based on discipline orders but are not the official records. Not all discipline
actions have associated CBJ summaries. Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.


July 30, 2009
CAROLINE SUE STERNBERG [#122078], 58, of Encino was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 30-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order
took effect July 30, 2009.The State Bar Court found that Sternberg allowed the balance in her client trust account to drop below the required amount several times. She had received about $39,000 on behalf of her client and after fees and costs were deducted, she should have maintained a balance of $24,854.50 in her trust account.Her husband, who also was her office manager, handled her firms business dealings, and without her knowledge, he used the account to pay personal and business expenses. Sternberg, who was the only authorized signatory on the account, wrote few checks and did not regularly use her trust account or reconcile bank statements.Although the court found much of her clients testimony not believable, it reluctantly found that Sternberg committed acts of moral turpitude by allowing a
misappropriation of funds. She did not intend to do anything wrong but her gross negligence in handling her trust account during this time requires a finding of moral turpitude, wrote bar court Judge Richard Honn.Sternberg has no discipline record, cooperated with the bars investigation and offered extensive testimony about her good character and substantial volunteer work.
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#6 UPDATE Employee

I worked for this company

AUTHOR: judyr345@gmail.com - (USA)

Carol Sterberg is a fraud!! She takes money and does not deliver!!
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#7 Author of original report

carol sternberg needs to stop stealing from people

AUTHOR: Bob jacobs - (United States of America)

Any opposing party or attorney who has been on the opposing side of this unethical and greedy family law and divorce attorney knows how she breaks the law, commits perjury and crimes in the courtroom and obstructs justice. It is a disgrace to the citizens of Los Angeles County, California and the respectable and ethical attorneys that an attorney, like Carol Sternberg, can commit perjury, obstruct justice, subornate perjury, fabricate evidence, tamper with witnesses and represent herself as an official of the tribunal and call herself an attorney. It is no wonder people do not like or trust attorneys. All they have to do is look at Carol Sternberg, who is the poster child for fraud, corruption and unethical behavior in the familly law segment of law. I have filed a criminal complaint against Carol Sternberg with the Los Angeles County District Attorney. I will post updates on the case, I want to get this attorney prosecuted for the crimes she commits and remove her from the practice of law. It is also common practice and well known throughout the legal community of Los Angeles County that Carol Sternberg likes to fabricate and create allegations of sexual abuse against the father, especially if the father has a daughter or daughter(s). This is also a crime and fraud upon the court. She has lost her license in the past and hopefully will lose it again. This lady is sick. Please share your stories.
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#8 Author of original report

Carol Sternberg

AUTHOR: Bob jacobs - (United States of America)

The State Bar of California suspended the license of Caroline Sue Sternberg from the practice of law effective July 30, 2009. The sispension is two years, stayed for all but a month, with probation for the two year period.

The offense at issue was a mishandling of a Client Trust Account. The entire document can be read here.

Ms. Sternberg is one of the attorneys in what many litigants find to be a group of favored attorneys who seem to get preferential treatment by Commissioner Alan H. Friedenthal of Los Angeles Superior Court. She's practicing without a reinstated license. Do not use her. She's also a lesbian now who's angry at men.
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#9 Author of original report

Scam artist...Carol Sternberg

AUTHOR: Bob jacobs - (United States of America)

The State Bar of California suspended the license of Caroline Sue Sternberg from the practice of law effective July 30, 2009. The sispension is two years, stayed for all but a month, with probation for the two year period.

The offense at issue was a mishandling of a Client Trust Account. The entire document can be read here.

Ms. Sternberg is one of the attorneys in what many litigants find to be a group of favored attorneys who seem to get preferential treatment by Commissioner Alan H. Friedenthal of Los Angeles Superior Court.
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#10 Author of original report

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AUTHOR: Bob jacobs - (United States of America)

The State Bar of California suspended the license of Caroline Sue Sternberg from the practice of law effective July 30, 2009. The sispension is two years, stayed for all but a month, with probation for the two year period.

The offense at issue was a mishandling of a Client Trust Account. The entire document can be read here.

Ms. Sternberg is one of the attorneys in what many litigants find to be a group of favored attorneys who seem to get preferential treatment by Commissioner Alan H. Friedenthal of Los Angeles Superior Court.
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