Update: See San Ysidro v. Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz complaint on U~T San Diego website.
Officials at SDCOE-JPA have worked closely--and almost exclusively--with attorney Dan
Shinoff for decades, but have now cut him off from new case assignments!
SDCOE itself should be investigated if Dan Shinoff should be investigated.
Dan Shinoff always had SDCOE officials looking over his shoulder as he
conducted cases. SDCOE administrators sat in the courtroom during trials, made
decisions with Mr. Shinoff. SDCOE-JPA executive director
Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Lora Duzyk, and
Superintendent Randy Ward are responsible for Shinoff's actions. They
oversee him. Why aren't they being investigated?
Schools office suspends law firm
U~T San Diego
A law firm that does legal work for school districts across San Diego County has been
suspended from new assignments by the agency at the Office of Education that taps
attorneys for certain liability cases....
[Diane] Crosier wrote to [Dan] Shinoff...
"Due to the severity of the allegations [by San Ysidro School District] we feel it is
in the best interest of our members to suspend any new assignments until the
lawsuit and bar complaint are resolved. We appreciate your many years of
dedicated work for the JPA membership."
...Shinoff told the U-T on Friday that the San Ysidro actions were baseless. He issued
this statement today, in response to the JPA reaction:
The JPA felt it was in everyone’s best interest to suspend new assignments to the firm
until all issues have been resolved. We certainly understand why the JPA feels this is
necessary, given the misguided action of one of its school district members. We have
had a long and successful relationship with the JPA members. We expect a speedy
resolution to these issues and look forward to our continued relationship with its
In comments on the Watchdog’s story about how the legal work is distributed, personal
injury attorney Daniel Gilleon spoke up for Shinoff and attorney Randy Winet, who
receives the second largest helping of legal work from the JPA.
“Randy Winet and Dan Shinoff represent the school districts for a simple reason,”
Gilleon said, “they are two of the best attorneys in San Diego, and their ethics are
Maura Larkins note:
The San Diego Union Tribune reports in the above article that the SDCOE-JPA
is now "
known as the San Diego County Schools Risk Management JPA." Since when????
It's always been known as the SDCOE-JPA.
It sounds to me like SDCOE is trying to distance itself from its own JPA.
A few short years ago it was easy to find
documentation about the JPA on the SDCOE website, but the whole operation
has become very secretive.
The UT also says the JPA "is governed by a board of
administrators from the school districts that use its services.
The truth is that SDCOE gives orders to the school
administrators, not the other way around. For example, it has
ordered them to DENY ALL CLAIMS!!!!
"See Rick Rinnear's directive to all SDCOE-JPA schools."
Also, as the UT itself reported recently sometimes the "board members" don't even know that they're on the board, and they don't know when the (rare) meetings