Chad Thomas Pratt - #149746
Current Status: Active
This member is active and may practice law in California.
See below for more details.
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
660 S Figueroa St Ste 1960
Los Angeles, CA 90017-3447
|Phone Number:||(213) 596-2920|
|Fax Number:||Not Available|
||Undergraduate School:||Santa Clara Univ; Santa Clara CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Loyola Law School; Los Angeles CA|
|Effective Date||Status Change|
|2/28/2015||Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA|
|3/13/2014||Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA|
|12/4/1990||Admitted to The State Bar of California|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
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|
|2/28/2015||13-O-12312||Decision [PDF] [WORD]|
|3/13/2014||12-O-16642||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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February 28, 2015
CHAD THOMAS PRATT [#149746], 51, of Pasadena, was suspended from the practice of law for one year and until he makes restitution. He was also placed on three years’ probation and faces a three-year suspension if he does not comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation. In addition, he was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. In September 2011, Pratt became associated with Real Estate Law Center, which was in the business of obtaining loan modifications for clients. The center employed more than 35 non-lawyers who took upfront fees for processing cases leading to the filing of meritless lawsuits against lenders. In two of the three client matters in which he was found to have committed misconduct, Pratt failed to adequately supervise the non-attorneys who engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. Pratt also assisted in filing the meritless lawsuits, even though the clients just wanted help modifying their loans. When his relationship with the clients ended, Pratt did not account for fees he claimed to have earned or return unearned fees. Pratt was ordered to pay $16,859.65 plus interest in restitution. Pratt had one prior record of discipline, a 2014 suspension for commingling funds in his client trust account and failing to deposit a client’s settlement check in a client trust account or maintain complete records of all client funds.
March 13, 2014
CHAD THOMAS PRATT [#149746], 50, of Pasadena was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years’ probation with an actual 30-day suspension and ordered to take the MPRE. The order took effect March 13, 2014.Pratt stipulated that in 2010 he allowed a $5,000 settlement check he received on behalf of a client to be deposited in his general business account rather than his client trust account. He also maintained earned fees in his client trust account and did not maintain complete records of all client funds coming into his possession.In mitigation, Pratt had no prior record of discipline and entered into a pretrial stipulation with the State Bar.