Nicole Rosie Gallegos, 36, Irvine, California, was suspended from the practice of law for two years, stayed, and placed on two years of probation with an actual nine-month suspension that will continue until she pays restitution.
Gallegos was also ordered to take the Multistate Professional Responsibilities Exam and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect April 6, 2013.
Gallegos stipulated to 15 counts of misconduct in seven loan modification matters, six of which involved collecting illegal fees from out-of –state clients. Gallegos also committed multiple counts of unauthorized practice of law. She has been ordered to pay $ 11,979.98 in restitution.
In mitigation, Gallegos acknowledged her wrongdoing and entered into a pre-trial stipulation.