Theodore Arthur Pinnock - #153434
Current Status: Disbarred
This member is prohibited from practicing law in California by order of the California Supreme Court.
See below for more details.
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Blk 4 Lot 10 Phase 4
4116 Cavite PHILIPPINES
||Undergraduate School:||Univ of Connecticut; Storrs CT|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Thomas Jefferson SOL; San Diego CA|
|Effective Date||Status Change|
|11/4/2011||Not Eligible To Practice Law|
|6/10/1991||Admitted to The State Bar of California|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law
State Bar Court Cases
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|9/21/2012||09-O-19377||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
|1/27/2012||10-O-05378||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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September 21, 2012
THEODORE ARTHUR PINNOCK, 50, of the Philippines was disbarred Sept. 21, 2012, and was ordered to make restitution and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.Pinnock filed 76 civil rights claims on behalf of a single client under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the Disabled Persons Act. The client had not consented to each case. Over the course of six months, Pinnock settled 15 cases and received settlement checks totaling $27,300 but did not deposit the funds in a client trust account. Although he was entitled to a substantial share of the money, he misappropriated the entire amount. He also did not promptly remove fees he had earned, instead leaving the money in his trust account to pay personal expenses as needed.The total of the settlements of the 76 cases was $143,425. Pinnock claimed to have settled 25 of the cases, but there is no evidence of a settlement amount. He gave his client $8,500.Pinnock stipulated that he failed to provide a complete accounting for the 76 cases or deposit settlement checks in a trust account, and he filed cases without authority, commingled funds, allowed the balance in his trust account to fall below the required amount and misappropriated client funds, committing acts of moral turpitude.Pinnock was disciplined in January 2012 for misappropriation and seeking to mislead a judge. In mitigation, he has cerebral palsy and suffers from chronic pain, osteoarthritis and pulmonary and respiratory problems.
January 27, 2012
THEODORE ARTHUR PINNOCK , 49, of Carmona, Phillipines, was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on three years of probation with a 90-day actual suspension and he was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Jan. 27, 2012.Pinnock stipulated that he committed an act of moral turpitude by misappropriating money held on behalf of a trust and he tried to mislead a judge.He was hired by a couple to administer a trust on behalf of their child, who was confined to a wheelchair due to injuries sustained at birth. The child was the trust’s sole beneficiary. Pinnock was appointed trustee and as such was a fiduciary to the funds it held. He stipulated that he was grossly negligent withdrawing $4,000 from the trust and spending it on himself.When the child turned 18, Pinnock was ordered to account for the funds in the trust but he falsely stated that the $4,000 was spent on “attendant care and expenses.” When the beneficiary objected, Pinnock returned the money, although he falsely stated it had been erroneously deposited in his account by a bank employee.In mitigation, Pinnock had no prior discipline record, he cooperated with the bar’s investigation, demonstrated remorse and had serious physical disabilities.