John Michael Harmata of Las Vegas suspended for misappropriation and other professional misconduct Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Categories: Attorney Discipline, Suspensions/Probation John Michael Harmata [#131668], 55, of Las Vegas was suspended Aug. 12, 2017, for two years and placed on probation for three years and ordered to notify his clients of the discipline and perform other obligations under rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. He was ordered to make restitution of $1,200 with interest to a client, pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and attend Ethics School and Client Trust Accounting School. Harmata stipulated that he exhibited gross negligence by misappropriating more than $5,000 from a client, which he returned after the client filed a State Bar complaint. He committed misconduct in three client cases and failed to respond to State Bar inquiries regarding claims of professional misconduct made by opposing counsel in one matter. In another matter he failed to perform an agreed upon business incorporation for a client, failed to refund an unearned fee of $1,200 and failed to inform the client that he had closed his law practice. In aggravation, Harmata committed multiple acts of wrongdoing and caused significant harm to clients. He showed indifference toward rectification or atonement of the consequences of his misconduct. In mitigation, he had no prior record of discipline during more than 20 years of practice and acknowledged his misconduct by entering into a stipulation with the State Bar.