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Eric Tarankow - #101427

Current Status:  Resigned with Charges Pending

This member is resigned and may not practice law in California.

See below for more details.

Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 101427    
Address: 3010 Wilshire Blvd #545
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone Number: (213) 250-7111
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Los Angeles
Undergraduate School: Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA
District: District 2    
Sections: None Law School: California Western SOL; San Diego CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Resigned
6/21/2006 Resigned  
11/20/2004 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
11/27/2002 Active  
11/25/2002 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
9/25/2002 Active  
9/16/2002 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
12/1/1981 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

6/21/2006 Resignation with charges pending 06-Q-11843 Resigned 
4/17/2006 Vol.inactive(tender of resign.w/charges) Not Eligible To Practice Law 
3/5/2006 Discipline w/actual suspension 05-PM-03878 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
11/28/2005 Ordered inactive 05-PM-03878 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
11/20/2004 Discipline w/actual suspension 00-O-15388 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
11/25/2002 Suspended, failed to pass Prof.Resp.Exam 99-O-13301 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
6/9/2001 Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 99-O-13301  
12/18/1996 Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 93-O-11224  

Administrative Actions

9/16/2005 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance Not Eligible To Practice Law 
9/16/2002 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law 


Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

State Bar Court Cases

NOTE: The State Bar Court began posting public discipline documents online in 2005. The format and pagination of documents posted on this site may vary from the originals in the case file as a result of their translation from the original format into Word and PDF. Copies of additional related documents in a case are available upon request. Only Opinions designated for publication in the State Bar Court Reporter may be cited or relied on as precedent in State Bar Court proceedings. For further information about a case that is displayed here, please refer to the State Bar Court's online docket, which can be found at: http://apps.statebarcourt.ca.gov/dockets/dockets.aspx

DISCLAIMER: Any posted Notice of Disciplinary Charges, Conviction Transmittal or other initiating document, contains only allegations of professional misconduct. The attorney is presumed to be innocent of any misconduct warranting discipline until the charges have been proven.

Effective Date Case Number Description
11/20/2004 00-O-15388 Stipulation [PDF]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

Summaries from the California Bar Journal are based on discipline orders but are not the official records. Not all discipline actions have associated CBJ summaries. Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

March 5, 2006

ERIC TARANKOW [#101427], 57, of Los Angeles Probation was revoked, the previous stay of suspension was lifted and he was suspended for four years, stayed, placed on five years of probation with a three-year actual suspension, and was ordered to make restitution. The order took effect March 5, 2006. Tarankow resigned June 21.

He did not comply with conditions of a 2004 probation: he did not submit a CPA report, enroll in the bar’s law practice management section or respond to inquiries from the bar’s probation department.

Tarankow has a record three prior disciplines, beginning in 1996, when he was placed on probation for failing to perform legal services competently, maintain client funds or supervise an employee and for misappropriating funds. He was disciplined in 2001 for violating a court order and in 2004 for committing acts of moral turpitude and multiple violations of nine other rules of professional conduct.

He did not participate in the most recent proceedings.

November 20, 2004

ERIC TARANKOW [#101427], 56, of Los Angeles was suspended for four years, stayed, placed on five years of probation with a two-year actual suspension and was ordered to make restitution, prove his rehabilitation, take the MPRE and comply with rule 955. The order took effect Nov. 20, 2004.

Tarankow stipulated to 36 counts of misconduct in 10 client matters. Among other things, he failed to perform legal services competently, keep clients informed of developments in their cases or refund unearned fees, and he committed acts of moral turpitude and abandoned three clients.

In an immigration matter, for example, Tarankow admitted to five acts of misconduct. His assistant met with an individual who had been detained by law enforcement and told the man that for $3,500, Tarankow could “reopen” his case, “clean” his record, reactivate his work permit and cancel any deportation proceedings. The assistant said the client’s bail was set at $5,000, but if Tarankow received $2,500, the client would be released in two and a half days. In fact, no bail was set. The assistant also said Tarankow had sent $5,000 to the INS for bail, when in fact no money had been sent.

When the client was not released, his girlfriend complained to Tarankow’s assistant, who told her to be patient. The girlfriend demanded a refund of $3,000 and a copy of the client’s file.

The client never heard from Tarankow’s office again.

Tarankow took over another immigration matter from a lawyer who resigned with charges pending. He accepted at least $350 from the clients and another $1,000 on a related residency matter. Tarankow sent a one-page letter to the Consulate General of Mexico on behalf of his clients, requesting documents necessary to prepare an immigration request. That was the only document he prepared.

The client demanded a refund of the money, but Tarankow did not respond. The clients won a $1,650 judgment in small claims court, which Tarankow paid late. He provided no legal services to the clients.

Tarankow also appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in two separate matters without being admitted to practice before that court. The Ninth Circuit ordered him to respond to an order to show cause, but he did not do so. In each case, he also was ordered to submit the date of his admittance to the bar of that court or apply for admission, and did not do so. He was sanctioned $500 in each case.

Tarankow was disciplined in 2001 for failing to obey a court order and in 1996 for failing to perform legal services competently, deposit client funds in a trust account or promptly pay out client funds.

June 9, 2001

ERIC TARANKOW [#101427], 52, of Los Angeles was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect June 9, 2001.

Tarankow stipulated to one count of failing to obey a court order.

He did not appear at two hearings in an immigration matter. He tried to withdraw as his client’s attorney two days before the first hearing, but the judge ordered him to appear, warning that failure to do so would result in a complaint to the State Bar.

When Tarankow did not show up, the judge continued the hearing to another date, but Tarankow failed to appear then as well.

He also was disciplined in 1996 for failure to perform legal services competently, deposit client funds in a trust account or promptly pay out client funds.

In mitigation, he cooperated with the bar’s investigation and took steps to demonstrate remorse.

December 18, 1996

ERIC TARANKOW [#101427], 48, of Los Angeles was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Dec. 18, 1996.

In one matter, Tarankow was hired to obtain political asylum for eight clients. The individual he hired as a translator obtained only minimal biographical information about the clients and had each of them sign a blank immigration form. Each was denied asylum because of the lack of information.

In another immigration matter, Tarankow forged a $1,030 check his client wrote to a newspaper for a required advertisement. He misappropriated the money, although he later repaid his client.

In mitigation, Tarankow has not been disciplined since his 1981 admission to the bar and his conduct appears aberrational.


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