In Re Gong & Kwong

In Re Gong & Kwong

There are 51 comments on the California Appellate Report story from Dec 6, 2007, titled In Re Gong & Kwong. In it, California Appellate Report reports that:

“Attorneys Mattaniah Eytan and Eric Schenk and the clerk of this court are each ordered to forward a copy of this opinion to the State Bar upon return of the remittitur.”

I don't care how bad your day at the office was today. Trust me: Mattaniah Eytan and Eric Schenk had it worse today. via California Appellate Report

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State Bar_June 7th_2010

United States

#41 May 18, 2010
Scheduled for Status Conference at 9:00 AM.
State Bar_ May 28th_ 2010

United States

#42 May 26, 2010
State Bar_ May 24th_ 2010 wrote:
Hear ye, hear ye. Ordered to VSC on May 24th, 2010.
Latest (within 24 hours) Google says:

VSC order rescheduled to May 28th, 2010 at 11:30 am before Hon. Patrice McElroy of the State Bar Court in San Francisco.
Tom Frankland

Watsonville, CA

#43 Jun 24, 2010
Mattaniah Eytan, the 74 year-old founding director of a distinguished San Francisco law firm, has a lot to live for. However, when he was diagnosed with leukemia, Mattaniah was advised by expert oncologists that there was no cure. In fact, all treatment alternatives were strictly palliative and sometimes worse than the symptoms of the disease.

This might knock him down a few notches
Jonni Walker

United States

#44 Oct 12, 2010
Matt has Lukemia... bad blood
Howard Underwood

Fremont, CA

#45 May 22, 2012
Gerald Wayward, and all the rest of you haters, might be interested to know that Mr. Eytan was 100% exhonorated by the Bar Association Court.

Now on a bit of a vendetta, the Bar prosecutors tried again with a second claim against Mr. Eytan. Half of that claim was thrown out on motion and the Bar has now withdrawn the other half in embarrassment.
citizens for justice


#46 Jun 1, 2012
In Re Gong & Kwong (Cal. Ct. App.- Dec. 6, 2007)
I don't care how bad your day at the office was today. Trust me: Mattaniah Eytan (a U. Chicago Law graduate practicing in Corte Madera) and Eric Schenk (a Boalt graduate who practices with Eytan) had it worse today. Much, much worse.

You don't see many opinions in which the Court of Appeal sanctions the lawyers for filing a frivolous appeal. Much less opinions in which the Court not only does so, but also goes out of its way to repeatedly identify the lawyers by name. As well as relentlessly slam them.

But that's precisely what Justice Stein does here.

It hurts. So, so badly. Especially since, yes, the arguments that these lawyers made in the appeal were both hypertechnical and clearly wrong. But I can see how someone might potentially "convince" themselves that these arguments were at least short of frivolous. It's not a case where the attorneys were just clearly, clearly, and totally clearly out of control. Rather, they made arguments that you might -- in some hypothetical world -- come to convince yourself were true. At least if you were getting paid to make them.

Not that Justice Stein is wrong to sanction the lawyers. Since I'm quite positive that the client -- who was sanctioned alongside the attorneys -- did in fact file the appeal purely to continue to harass and frustrate his former spouse. And the attorneys should have known better. Much better.

So be forewarned. And realize that you day as a lawyer today could have been much worse. Especially if you were in the shoes of the lawyers here. Who not only get spanked -- hard -- monetarily, but who also now have to see their names forever emblazoned in the pages of the California Appellate Reporter. In a way that you'd rather forget.

Plus, trust me, the press will get a hold of this one as well. Not to mention the State Bar.(For a subtle feel of how Justice Stein treats the lawyers, here's the penultimate sentence of the opinion: "Attorneys Mattaniah Eytan and Eric Schenk and the clerk of this court are each ordered to forward a copy of this opinion to the State Bar upon return of the remittitur." (emphasis in original))

citizens for justice


#47 Jun 1, 2012
is this guy still allowed to practice?! I am loosing hope that the justice department has anything to do with justice

Santa Ana, CA

#48 Jun 14, 2012
You obviously do not know anyone who has worked with Mr. Eytan because he is very respected and admired. I will always cherish everything I learned from him having worked for him many years ago and maintained a friendship through the years. I have worked with many, many lawyers since and have never worked with anyone who has come close to him in intellect, talent and heart. Be careful what you write about people you seem set only to fling hurtful words at - people reading negative posts such as yours should beware. You do not know him and you do not know who has worked with him.
Naomi Again

United States

#49 Nov 19, 2013
Here he goes again:

Court of Appeal Opinion:[PDF][DOC]
Caution: For information on when opinions may be cited or relied upon, click here.
Division: 4
Case Caption: Pacific Infinity Company, Inc. v. Xi Wan Li et al.
Naomi Again

United States

#50 Nov 19, 2013
Pacific Infinity is Terry Kwong, Eytan's client.

Note comment on page 10, about the argument being unremarkable even for a first year law student.
Naomi Again

United States

#51 Nov 19, 2013
"unremarkable to every first year law student,..."

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