Report: #235113

Complaint Review: Ryan D. Golds, Esq

  • Submitted: Thu, February 08, 2007
  • Updated: Mon, September 15, 2008
  • Reported By: Los Angeles California
  • Ryan D. Golds, Esq
    5210 Lewis Road
    Agoura Hills, California

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As of 02/03/2007, based on evidence received submitted to it, the State Bar of California is investigating Ryan Golds respecting possible perjury in court proceedings (Bar file # 06-30684). The State Bar refused comment on the status of the ongoing investigation.
Attorney Ryan Golds truly the poster child for what is wrong with the self-policing of attorneys through the California State Bar. Or to put it another way, when was the last time you heard of one rattlesnake biting another? And you want to keep in mind, unlike some other states, there are no lay-people on the discipline review (oversight) panel. Ever hear of the Conspiracy of silence?
Read below and you will see why Ryan Golds has been on the top of the Dumb A** awards list for several years running. In fact, it would seem Mr. Golds is the quintessential dumb a**.
The actions of Ryan Golds point out that he is truly a KMart Melvin Beli and a quality attorney wannabe that just can't seem to make the grade.
Was Golds a party to fraud?
Within two-years of his being admitted to the California Bar, Golds hooked up with a disbarred attorney and felon who served time in California jails. The felon worked for Golds in the capacity of a paralegal but to many other attorneys, it seems the disbarred attorney was practicing law under the license of Golds and over his signature. Golds knew the former attorney's history when they started working together.
After a failed cardiac bypass and four angioplasties, the disbarred attorney claimed he had a disability under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and, and, with Golds as his attorney, filed many claims against diverse businesses in California for their alleged discrimination. Usually, the cases were settled without a trial and sometimes without a lawsuit even being filed. Golds took his share of the settlements in fees for his services in connection with these cases. On some occasions he took food vouchers at the restaurant where he took friends for nights on the town. In all, Golds appears to have represented the disbarred attorney in a dozen or so of these discrimination claims both in and out of court.
In one instance, two or three lawsuits were filed by Golds on behalf of the disbarred attorney in Palm Springs, California, all within a couple of weeks. These cases were not settled, rather the attorneys opposing Golds fought, and claimed Golds was part of a scheme to defraud the restaurants and the public in general, and filed papers with the court to name him as a defendant in a lawsuit claiming he was an active participant in the fraud. When he was told this by the attorneys, he immediately put his tail between his legs and crawled out of the suits which were then dismissed.
Golds represented the disbarred attorney and collected fees until about the end of 2003, when he and the disbarred attorney parted ways saying he wanted a real attorney, and not a "wuss" who was afraid of his own shadow.
Complaints to the California State Bar
The State Bar of California polices attorneys and when one is accused of wrongdoing, it investigates and if appropriate, makes recommendations for discipline to the California Supreme Court. Good in theory, but remember the rattlesnake analogy. And in this venue, Golds appears as the poster child for an incompetent self-policing system.
There have been numerous complaints to the California State Bar about Golds, including at least two by the disbarred attorney. In one complaint, the disbarred attorney claimed Golds forged his name to a declaration under penalty of perjury in a case where Golds was representing him. Golds never established the falsity of this claim, and of course the Bar records are not public.
Another complaint to the Bar came from another attorney who accused Golds of filing a frivolous complaint. Golds denied this allegation, but in a rare show of justice, even though the State Bar did nothing, the judge in the case issued sanctions (a money fine in lay terms) of $6,194.00 against Golds. Golds never paid any of this fine, even though ordered to do so by the court. So much for Golds respect for an order of the court.
Despite the fine being issued against Golds by the court, and this was reported to the State Bar, nothing was done and his license remained clean. In fact, Golds has bragged that it didn't matter what complaints were made against him, by or with respect to his association with the disbarred attorney, the Bar would do nothing. Does he have an inside line here?
It isn't only disgruntled clients and defendant's attorneys who filed complaints against Golds with the State Bar. Sometimes, admittedly very rarely, attorneys will file complaints with the Bar against other attorneys. Attorney M. Eileen McGarry, a well respected California attorney since 1989 filed a scathing complaint against Golds with the State Bar strongly alleging highly unethical conduct on the part of Golds in a lawsuit in which she was involved. To date, the State Bar will not make public its findings on this complaint.
Perjury in the first degree?
In California, an attorney is an Officer of the Court and as such, is supposed to be held to very high ethical and moral standards.
In late 2006, an issue was brought to the attention of the California Supreme Court respecting Golds that alleged he committed perjury in one of his cases involving the disbarred attorney. The Supreme Court was provided documentation from the Los Angeles Superior Court file, signed by Golds, to support the allegation of perjury. It is interesting that at this time, Golds was suing someone on behalf of the same clients who had the $6,194.00 judgment against him (Golds). And to confuse the matter more, his Associate Counsel in the case was M. Eileen McGarry, who had previously bitterly complained to the State Bar about him and accused him of fraud and unethical conduct. Did they kiss and make up?
In bringing the allegation of fraud directly to the California Supreme Court, the State Bar that Golds claimed would do nothing against him was bypassed. The Supreme Court reviewed the documentation submitted and directed the matter be referred to the State Bar for the Bar to fully, fairly and impartially review the perjury allegation. Apparently, the California Supreme Court found sufficient evidence to warrant an in-depth review of the conduct of Golds. That review is still pending, and the State Bar has said it may take some time to conclude due to the backlog of work it has. Is that anything like, It died in committee?
A fraud on the court
Quite often, to save judicial time, the courts will make rulings and orders and direct one of the attorneys to give notice of the ruling and/or orders to the other attorneys or parties. This means to send a written notice of what the court ordered. The court trusts the attorney ordered to give notice to do it correctly since he/she is an Officer of the Court.
In one case in which Golds was the attorney, the court made a very detailed order setting hearing dates and ordering the other party, who was not present at the hearing, to submit written opposition to the court by a certain date. Golds was present and ordered by the court to give notice of the courts ruling/orders to the non-present party.
Not only did the Notice of Ruling Golds mailed to the non-present party by Golds omit 90% of the critical information from the court's order, but it said the court had made an order halting certain proceedings in the case. This was an ABSOLUTE LIE. by Golds. Checking the official Clerk's Minute Order in the court file, which is never sent out to anyone, it was found the Judge never made such an order. Mr. Golds had lied in his Notice of Ruling to try to deceive the opposing party and gain a strategic advantage for himself in the case. If the other party had not distrusted Golds and obtained a copy of the Minute Order from the court file, he would have never known to submit required paperwork to protect himself, and Golds would have won. This conduct on the part of Golds has been brought to the attention of the Judge who made the order. Judges are not happy when attorneys play games and misquote them.
Golds competence comes into question.
In law school, attorneys learn civil procedure, and once they begin practice there are hundreds of books on the rules of court procedure, and now with the Internet, these Rules of Procedures are only a mouse click away.
In California, one of the rules is that only in an emergency situation is an attorney to come to the court Ex-parte (with less than 24-hours notice to the opposition).
In one case in January 2007, Golds went to the court Ex-parte and the judge laughed at him pointing out the many errors Golds committed and throwing him out of court after saying I could probably write a short essay on how many problems there are with (the papers Golds presented to the court).
But probably the best part is when Golds came back to the same court at a later date, he admitted to the court with regard to a request he had made to it that he was wrong about some law he cited to the court. Not only that he was wrong, but that his error had been pointed out to him by his opposition several weeks prior to the court hearing. But did Golds withdraw his request? Of course not, he went on to waste the time of the court having that request reviewed. So much for candor with the court.
For the sake of brevity, many more misdeeds of Golds have been omited.
Bottom line:
Caveat Emptor with Ryan Golds, you may not get what you pay for.

Withheld by request
Los Angeles, California

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#1 Consumer Comment

Thank you Mr. Golds

AUTHOR: Lisa - (U.S.A.)

I am a client of Mr. Golds with no ax to grind. I have been treated with nothing but respect and professionalism. I would recommend Mr. Golds to anyone. He is kind, respectful and courteous. He is also a tough cookie in the courtroom. I truly cannot beleive these things that have been written about him. It is unfortunate such a wonderful attorney and person has had to deal with things such as this original article and someone trying so desperately to harm him. If people would focus more on making themselves better, rather than trying to harm others, this world would be a better place. Generally speaking I do not care for lawyers, but Mr. Golds is the exception to the rule!
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#2 Author of original report

Rebuttal and compliment

AUTHOR: David - (U.S.A.)

I'm David.

I compliment "Jeff" (who I never heard of before. One of the great/dangerous things about these reports is that anyone can say anything without proof as Jeff has done.

I suggest credit be given to reports that give specific proof such as case numbers, dates, times, names, etc. things that can be independently verified.

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#3 Consumer Comment

Neighbor's Perspective

AUTHOR: Jeff - (U.S.A.)

I am a long-time neighbor of David Greenstein and his ex-wife Laurel. He/they has had disputes for many years with at least 10 of his neighbors to the point where the authorities were called and people actually sold their homes and moved away.

The only reason he has not had any arguments with me is because I loaned him some money several years ago and when he defaulted I let him trade me some of his firearms.

What has been said about him is not only true, there are many other things that could have been said about him that actually are worse.

David is a blight on society and thinks he can bully his way through life. His neighbors hate him (ex-neighbors too), and the man should be locked up. He has conducted untold numbers of fictional businesses from his home, and yes there have been shots fired when good people showed up to get their money back.

I do not have an axe to grind here as I am probably the only person to never have an issue with David, but since this is a public forum I chose to speak up rather than ignore his rantings.

The funny part is there are times when David himself has readily admitted being a "con-artist" and appears to show real remorse. Unfortunately, the next day he pulls a scam on a restaurant or the local skate shop, flower shop, etc.
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#4 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Thank you for your comments David (since we know this is you).

AUTHOR: Ryan - (U.S.A.)

The sanctions taken against me were also taken against David jointly due to his filing of a frivolous lawsuit. I was the attorney of recrod for 5 days and got out. Almost 2 years later sanctions were taken and despite David's allegations they were not reported to the bar, they were.

John Noonen, at the bar has all the records which is why when David wrote his anonymous letter, postmarked from Santa Barbara, stating to the bar I had not informed them, that complaint was closed.

David is pissed because he had to pay them and when he tried to get a portion of them from me in court, SURPRISE, he lost in front of Judge Keossian in Van Nuys. David does not like to paint himself to the pathetic individual he is although he loves nitris oxide and talks to much when he on that stuff.

The complaints against me to the bar were all the result of David, as I stated, either filed by him, or two attorneys on the other side of him when I was involved (unknowingly with his frauds). Mr. B-- in Palm Springs (who is also the man who threatened to sue me for being involved with David's fraud) and Ms. M-- in Los Angeles. Ms. M--- is now a close friend and understands what realy occurred. David hates her and calls her all kinds of names.

Let me provide a quote from David regarding Ms. M-- sent to me via email on January 17, 2007. Interesting how nice of a picture he paints when writing about me and now you can see the truth.

"Up to now, I have shown great professional courtesy to you and your close friend, however, from this point forward, if you continue to let your s***k b***h wrote as she has over your signature, I am going to pull out all the legal stops against you that I have and believe me, you will not be a happy camper. And note when you quote me above, this says "legal" and is not a threat, it's a promise and you have control over what I do in this respect."

Let us not forget, David's wife had to pay Le Petit Bistro well in excess of 100K when they proved he was a fraud. If she had not paid, I believe her house could have, and probably would have been taken away as there was litigation because it was believed David committed another fruad when he quit claimed deeded his interest in the home to her to avoid numerous creditors. Greenstein had many judgments taken against him. So to avoid the fraudulent transfer issues, they agreed to pay.

I believe I addressed all of your concerns. Maybe next another one of David's women could post a comment.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Items not responded to in the reply of Mr. Golds

AUTHOR: Diana - (U.S.A.)

This really sounds like two children name calling in the schoolyard, but I did notice some items in the response that concern me.

Mr. Golds does not respond to the allegation that he was fined over $6,000 by the court. Is this a lie? He also does not deny another attorney filed a complaint against him with the lawyers bar. He doesn't respond to the allegation that some attorneys said they wee going to sue him for fraud.

As with many things, the truth may be somewhere in between and so personally, I wouldn't deal with either of these people.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Items not responded to in the reply of Mr. Golds

AUTHOR: Diana - (U.S.A.)

This really sounds like two children name calling in the schoolyard, but I did notice some items in the response that concern me.

Mr. Golds does not respond to the allegation that he was fined over $6,000 by the court. Is this a lie? He also does not deny another attorney filed a complaint against him with the lawyers bar. He doesn't respond to the allegation that some attorneys said they wee going to sue him for fraud.

As with many things, the truth may be somewhere in between and so personally, I wouldn't deal with either of these people.
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#7 Consumer Comment

Items not responded to in the reply of Mr. Golds

AUTHOR: Diana - (U.S.A.)

This really sounds like two children name calling in the schoolyard, but I did notice some items in the response that concern me.

Mr. Golds does not respond to the allegation that he was fined over $6,000 by the court. Is this a lie? He also does not deny another attorney filed a complaint against him with the lawyers bar. He doesn't respond to the allegation that some attorneys said they wee going to sue him for fraud.

As with many things, the truth may be somewhere in between and so personally, I wouldn't deal with either of these people.
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#8 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Take Note of Source Writing the Report

AUTHOR: Ryan - (U.S.A.)

I am Ryan Golds, a licensed attorney in the State of California with a clean record and wonderful practice. David Greenstein, a disbarred lawyer, convicted felon and a man who killed his own father has written this report regarding me. His allegations are false. In fact, the investigation he referred to was based on a report by him and was closed on January 27, 2007, and a letter was sent to him confirming this. Yet he still says there is a pending investigation. Call the bar.

When Mr. Greenstein approached me in 2002, he painted himself as the model citizen. He LIED to me and conned me, as I beleive he has done to many young attorneys. He has cost me personally substantial money, time, and emotional grief to defeat all of his frivolous lawsuits against me while he files for fee waivers saying he is indigent. Meanwhile, he just spent $510.00 on ebay to have an ad taken in the Stella Awards which I believe will link to this article about me. Check out his purchases on ebay, including videos on Hitler (jeopardy_champion1988). This is a sick man who has made threats against me, my practice, my wife (who is an elementary school teacher) and my newborn daughter leaving just enough vague language so as not to merit a restraining order.

I am truly afraid of my life based on stories he has told me in the past and associates he hangs out with who know how to hurt people. I believe the man's name is Terry. Not to mention, I personally saw firearms in the kitchen drawer at his former home where his wife Laurel Greenstein lives at 5160 Llano Drive in Woodland Hills.
All the complaints to the bar he cites are related him, if not made personally by him. He has a vendetta against me and will stop at nothing. He has personally written numerous complaints to the bar and the California Supreme Court which have all been found meritless. He has sued me not less than 4 times and lost each time. Now he is resorting to attempting to degrade my reputation.

Mr. Greenstein has personally admitted to me, and others, to have filed over 1000 lawsuits. He targets small business (Maria's Italian Kitchen, Paoli's, Ralphs Market, Cosco, Yankee Doodles, etc..) and people to extort money to make his living.

In his article he mentions his disability whic his false. He has a little black poodle (Tammi)he took into restraurants and other places of business hoping to get kicked out so he could extort money out of them just like the Trevor Law group. Attorney Joe Davis (Los Angeles) stood up to him and proved him a fraud. Call me for the case number and copies of the file to show I am not lying. He does not mention this in his article. He also wrote a book on how to "Sue and Grow Rich."

This man has no life and no friends because has screwed all of them. I could go on, but why??? Please feel free to contact me anytime and I will be happy to provide more details. (818)889-6886. Meanwhile, check the Los Angeles County Court and Ventura County records and see how this man attempts to extort money, yet every time something goes to the judge he losses because he is wrong.

When reading things posted, always take a look at the source and look for a response befire jumping to any conclusions. There is a reason he does not have a license.
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