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Darick Wayne Holt - #117879

Current Status:  Disbarred

This member is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.

See below for more details.

Profile Information

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

Bar Number: 117879    
Address: 3540 Wilshire Blvd #1105
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone Number: (323) 965-1555
Fax Number: Not Available
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Los Angeles
Undergraduate School: California St Univ; Los Angeles CA
District: District 2    
Sections: None Law School: Univ of West Los Angeles; Los Angeles CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Disbarred
2/23/2003 Disbarred  
6/7/2001 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
6/11/1985 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.

2/23/2003 Disbarment 02-N-10774 Disbarred 
8/15/2002 Ordered inactive 02-N-10774 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
5/20/2002 Ordered inactive 02-N-10774 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
11/23/2001 Discipline w/actual suspension 00-O-10921 Not Eligible To Practice Law 
6/7/2001 Interim suspension after conviction 00-C-12753 Not Eligible To Practice Law 

Administrative Actions

9/1/2001 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law 
9/1/2001 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance Not Eligible To Practice Law 

Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

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.

February 23, 2003

DARICK WAYNE HOLT [#117879], 48, of Los Angeles was disbarred Feb. 23, 2003, and was ordered to comply with rule 955.

Holt did not comply with rule 955, as required by a 2001 discipline order.

He was disciplined as a result of misconduct in five client matters, including failing to perform legal services competently, return client files, refund unearned fees, deposit client funds in a trust account, communicate with clients or cooperate with the bar's investigation. He also was convicted of felony possession of rock cocaine.

November 23, 2001

DARICK WAYNE HOLT [#117879], 46, of Los Angeles was suspended for three years, stayed, placed on probation for four years with an actual 18-month suspension, and was ordered to prove his rehabilitation, make restitution, take the MPRE and comply with rule 955. The order took effect Nov. 23, 2001.

Holt stipulated to misconduct in six consolidated cases, including failing to perform legal services competently, communicate with clients, refund unearned fees, return client files, notify a client of receipt of funds, maintain funds in a client trust account, update bar membership records, cooperate with bar investigations, improperly withdrawing from representation and committing an act of moral turpitude by misappropriating client funds.

Two clients paid Holt $2,500 to handle their immigration matters and a hearing was scheduled in immigration court. The pair was unable to schedule an appointment with Holt for three months because he did not return their phone calls, and he never appeared at the hearing. He did not refund their fee.

He abandoned another immigration client who paid $1,500 in advance fees and gave Holt his file, as well as a doctor who hired him to handle a student loan problem. He received a settlement check for a personal injury client, but never cashed it or distributed the funds.

Holt settled another personal injury case for his minor client without consulting the child or his mother. Someone other than the mother endorsed the settlement check, which was deposited in Holt’s trust account, and he wrote a check to the mother. When she tried to deposit the check, it bounced.

Holt eventually closed the trust account when its balance fell to $34.60. He still owes the client $2,800.

In 2000, Holt was charged with felony possession of rock cocaine and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia for smoking a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty to the felony and was suspended from practice June 7, 2001. He has remained suspended since that time.

In mitigation, Holt was addicted to alcohol and cocaine and currently is in rehab. His wife filed for divorce and his mother died around the time of the misconduct. He has provided pro bono legal services to several churches and conducted arbitrations for the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

June 7, 2001

DARICK WAYNE HOLT [#117879], 46, of Los Angeles was placed on interim suspension June 7, 2001, following a felony conviction of possessing a controlled substance. He was ordered to comply with rule 955.

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