Jerry A LaCues - #77088
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Law Ofc Jerry A LaCues
1925 Scenic Ridge Dr
Chino Hills, CA 91709
|Phone Number:||(909) 331-2520|
|Fax Number:||Not Available|
||Undergraduate School:||California St Univ; San Bernardino CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
State Bar Court Cases
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|1/29/2016||14-O-4728||Order re Entry of Default [PDF]|
|4/20/2015||13-O-15018||Order re Inactive Enrollment [PDF]|
|2/13/2015||13-O-15018||Order re Entry of Default [PDF]|
|12/6/2012||12-O-10271||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
|7/4/2012||11-O-10016||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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January 19, 2017
JERRY A. LACUES [#77088], 66, of Chino Hills, was disbarred Jan. 19, 2017 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.In one matter, LaCues appeared on behalf of a client without authority, sought to mislead a judge by filing an answer to a complaint even though he had not been authorized to, simulated the client’s signature on a settlement document and failed to respond to a letter from the State Bar inquiring about the misconduct allegations against him.In another matter, he failed to comply with two court orders requiring he pay $500 and $1,000 in sanctions and did not report the $1,000 in sanctions to the State Bar. He also failed to provide a substantive response to two letters from the State Bar inquiring about the allegations against him.LaCues was disbarred after his default was entered for failing to respond to a notice of disciplinary charges. Because he made no effort to have the default set aside, he was disbarred and the charges against him deemed admitted. LaCues had four prior records of discipline.
December 17, 2015
JERRY A. LACUES [#77088], 65, of Chino Hills, was suspended from the practice of law for one year and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. He was also placed on two years’ probation and faces a two-year suspension if he does not comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation. The order took effect Dec. 17, 2015.For more than three years LaCues misrepresented to a client that he was pursuing the client’s claims against a bank. He also said he had reached a settlement when he hadn’t. In addition, he failed to respond to a letter from a State Bar investigator looking into the allegations against him. In mitigation, LaCues admitted to his misconduct and entered into a pretrial stipulation with the State Bar.He had three prior records of discipline. He was suspended twice in 2012 for failing to promptly pay out settlement funds as requested by his client, maintain a proper balance in his trust account or perform legal services competently. He was also privately reproved in 2004 for failing to perform legal services competently.
December 6, 2012
JERRY A. LaCUES [#77088], 62, of Chino Hills was suspended for two years, stayed, and placed on three years of probation with an actual 30-day suspension. The order took effect Dec. 6, 2012.LaCues stipulated that he failed to promptly pay out settlement funds as requested by his client. While representing a married couple, he settled a construction defect matter for $15,000. During the course of the case, his clients separated but each agreed to accept $5,000 with the remainder to go to LaCues for attorney fees.Although LaCues paid $5,000 to the wife, a dispute later arose between the couple, resulting in a delay of the final payout. When the couple finally agreed that $5,000 should go to the husband, LaCues did not distribute the money due to the press of business in his office. He ultimately gave the husband $10,000, forgoing his fee to make up for the delay.In mitigation, LaCues cooperated with the bar’s investigation and gave up his fee.LaCues was privately reproved in 2004 for failing to perform legal services competently and he was suspended last year after admitting to two counts of misconduct in two matters: he failed to perform legal services competently or maintain a proper balance in his trust account.
July 4, 2012
JERRY A. LaCUES, 61, of Chino Hills was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 30-day actual suspension and he was ordered to take the MPRE. The order took effect July 4, 2012.He stipulated to two counts of misconduct in two matters.In the first, he received $120,000 from a bankruptcy trustee on behalf of a client, but allowed the balance in his client trust account to fall below the required amount. He gave the client $80,000 but only an additional $8,200 of the $20,000 he still owed. His client trust account balance fell to $67.06. He eventually paid the client $16,300 but stipulated that he did not maintain a proper balance in his trust account.In a malpractice case, LaCues repeatedly told his client he was working on the matter when he was not. Although he filed a lawsuit, he then dismissed it pursuant to an arbitration clause. The client repeatedly contacted LaCues for more than six years, but he failed to schedule an arbitration hearing or contact opposing counsel. He stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently.LaCues was privately reproved in 2004 for failing to perform legal services competently.