Disgraced fired Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen has apparently extended his private practice. This time it's not as a meddling so-called "victim's rights attorney," but rather as a failed "union lawyer."
The Dragnet recently reported that ALADS, the union representing LA County Deputy Sheriffs, had fired its President, Armando Macias. Although the stated reason was "problems with his attendance," rumors persist that it had more to do with a split over who ALADS should endorse for Sheriff. A recent vote by ALADS members shows Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell garnering the most votes, but not a clear majority.
The LA Times reported Tuesday, that the ousted ALADS President made a hasty $100,000 withdrawal from ALADS' political action committee in order to "pay the law firm backing their attempt to hold on to power." Not so fast, said the new ALADS leadership, who filed a lawsuit describing the withdrawal as "wrongful, a breach of their fiduciary duty to ALADS, and without ALADS's authorization, permission, or knowledge."
Enter newly-reinvented "union lawyer" Steve Ipsen, described by the Times as "an attorney for the Macias side." Ipsen told the Times that his clients did take political action funds but are waiting for legal clarification on whether they can spend them. The withdrawal may have been a violation of the union's bylaws but was justified to "preserve their rights under the law in an emergency situation," Ipsen said.
Ipsen has some experience when it comes to violating union bylaws, ADDA members are still paying the legal fees bill from his last violation in Burke v. Ipsen reported at 189 Cal.App.4th 801. No surprise then, that the LA Times reported Thursday that Judge James Chalfant ordered Macias to return $100,000 he withdrew from the union's political fund to pay legal fees. Ipsen told the Times that "the money should have come from a different fund and his clients are willing to return it." In other words, they
Of course, just as Ipsen has experience with violating bylaws, Judge Chalfant has quite some experience in dealing with Ipsen; it was Judge Chalfant who slapped the Ipsen era ADDA with a bill for over $100,000 in attorney fees arising from the lawsuit.
One has to wonder if Macias did his homework before hiring Ipsen?