Drago Charles Baric - #105383
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
1140 Highland Ave # 102
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
|Phone Number:||(310) 868-9722|
|Fax Number:||Not Available|
||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Pepperdine Univ SOL; Malibu CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
|Effective Date||Description||Case Number||Resulting Status|
|7/1/2011||Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees||Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA|
|7/1/2009||Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees||Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA|
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State Bar Court Cases
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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|
|9/9/2014||11-O-11689||Order re Inactive Enrollment [PDF]|
|8/12/2013||11-O-11689||Order re Entry of Default [PDF]|
|3/29/2013||07-O-13120||MPRE Suspension Order [PDF]|
|12/28/2012||07-O-13120||MPRE Suspension Order [PDF]|
|12/30/2011||08-O-14008||Decision [PDF] [WORD]|
|7/13/2011||07-O-13120||Opinion [PDF] [WORD]|
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.
October 28, 2017
Drago Charles Baric [#105383], 61, of Manhattan Beach, was ordered on Oct. 28, 2017 to remain on suspension after the State Bar Court found he had not shown his rehabilitation, fitness to practice and present learning and ability in general law. He has been on disciplinary suspension since July 2011 on the condition that his suspension will continue until he presents sufficient proof of rehabilitation, fitness to practice, and present learning and ability in the law to the court. A third disciplinary matter remains pending. The second discipline was imposed for two counts of willfully failing to return unearned fees, commingling and failure to provide an accounting. Baric’s first discipline was for similar misconduct. Baric has contributed to community projects regarding gang reduction and fundraising for local charities. But the court found he was far less than diligent in paying ordered restitution and has been involved in a series of questionable transactions and legal filings arising out of his troubled ownership of a home in San Pedro. A bankruptcy court dismissed his case based on his failure to comply with court orders. It found Baric’s 2013 bankruptcy petition “was part of a scheme to delay, hinder, and defraud creditors.” Subsequent petitions were also dismissed and Baric’s suit against a bank to avoid foreclosure failed. He made inaccurate and misleading statements to the State Bar about his business dealings.
December 30, 2011
DRAGO CHARLES BARIC [#105383], 55, of San Pedro was suspended for three years, stayed, actually suspended for 18 months and until he makes restitution and the State Bar Court grants a motion to terminate the suspension and he was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. If the suspension exceeds two years, he must prove his rehabilitation. The order took effect Dec. 30, 2011.In a default proceeding, the bar court found that Baric committed three acts of misconduct in two matters. In the first, he was hired to handle a criminal appeal but never drafted a brief. He sought a time extension on the same day the client fired him. He did not account for client funds or refund an unearned $5,000 fee.In the second matter, he used his client trust account to pay personal expenses, writing 31 checks and making 15 deposits of personal funds over five months.Baric was suspended earlier in 2011 for 16 counts of misconduct in five matters.
July 15, 2011
DRAGO CHARLES BARIC [#105383], 55, of San Pedro was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on three years of probation with a one-year actual suspension and he was ordered to take the MPRE within one year and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect July 15, 2011. He received an 18-month suspension in another matter, effective Dec. 30, 2011, and was ordered to make restitution. He is to remain suspended until the State Bar Court grants a motion to terminate the suspension.In the matter that led to the July disciplinary order, the State Bar Court review department upheld a hearing judge’s findings that Baric committed 16 counts of misconduct in five matters. Baric sought review, arguing that the evidence did not support the hearing judge’s findings.In three matters, Baric failed to perform legal services with competence. He also did not refund unearned fees, respond to client inquiries, notify a client he had received funds or account for client funds, and he mismanaged his client trust account repeatedly, commingling funds and using the trust account to pay personal expenses. One client had to finalize her own divorce and he failed to repay another $6,000 in unearned fees for more than a year after the client obtained a judgment against him.The December discipline was imposed as the result of a default proceeding in which the bar court found Baric committed three acts of misconduct in two matters. He never filed an appellate brief for a client whose mother paid a $5,000 advance fee. He was fired the same day he sought a time extension. He neither maintained records of the client funds nor refunded an unearned fee. In a second matter, he repeatedly misused his client trust account, commingling funds and paying personal expenses from the account.In mitigation, he had no discipline in 24 years of practice and he cooperated with the bar’s investigation.