Most of us think an attorney gives competent advice. Noel Meza, Greene & Roberts, was hired to defend a lawsuit.He recommended filing a moiton for sanctions against the plaintiff's attorneys. After thousands of dollars spent, the judge found the motion to be meritless and denied it. Noel Meza believed the motion would have been a sure thing or else he would not have billed thousands of dollars to have brought the motion.
Months later, while in court I heard about San Diego attorney Noel Meza of Greene Roberts law, violating a court order by disclosing the names of abuse victims of priests. California law is very clear on this issue. In Starbucks Corp. v. Superior Court, 86 Cal. Rptr. 3d 482 (Cal. Ct. App. 2008) – The court notes in dicta that “[t]he judicial use of ‘Doe plaintiffs”’ to protect legitimate privacy rights has gained wide currency, particularly given the rapidity and ubiquity of disclosures over the World Wide Web.” Even in criminal cases, at the victim’s request, the court may order the victim’s identity to be recorded under a pseudonym (Jane or John Doe) in all records and proceedings “if the court finds that such an order is reasonably necessary to protect the privacy of the person and will not unduly prejudice the prosecution or the defense. Cal. Penal Code § 293.5(a).
I also looked up Noel Meza on the San Diego Superior Court site and found he was subjected to numerous lawsuits and even has a criminal record. See the attached screenshots. These issues are very concerning for members of the public who have an honest belief attorneys are supposed to be upstanding members of the community. I hope this post has helped the public become more aware when considering hiring an attorney and not simply trusting he or she is an upstanding member of society, but will reveiew relevent records and track history of the person they want to hire.