Avenatti will spend significantly more time in prison that Elizabeth Holmes. The court may have imposed this sentence because he was an attorney and because he, like Tom Girardi, engaged in a pattern of funding his lifestyle with client settlement funds.
This is another instance where the State Bar of California did not do enough to prevent harm. There were numerous complaints about Avenatti failing to hand over client funds, but the California State Bar did not act quickly enough. It took federal indictments to effectively end Avenatti’s legal career.