Michael T Pines - #77771
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.
Pines & Associates
701 Palomar Airport Rd Ste 300
Carlsbad, CA 92011
|Phone Number:||(760) 453-0131|
|Fax Number:||(760) 301-0093|
||Undergraduate School:||Univ of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh PA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Univ of San Diego SOL; San Diego CA|
|Effective Date||Status Change|
|5/1/2011||Not Eligible To Practice Law|
|12/21/1977||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|
|11/16/2012||10-O-10600||Decision [PDF] [WORD]|
|12/30/2011||10-C-10151||Interim Suspension Order [PDF]|
|8/21/2011||10-O-10600||Order re Entry of Default [PDF]|
|5/1/2011||11-TE-10948||Decision [PDF] [WORD]|
|Pending||10-C-10151||Initiating Document [PDF]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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November 16, 2012
MICHAEL T. PINES [#77771], 60, of Carlsbad was disbarred Nov. 16, 2012, and was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.Pines failed to respond to charges of 18 counts of misconduct and his default was entered in August 2011. Under rule 5.85 of the bar’s Rules of Procedure, any attorney who does not respond to disciplinary charges and makes no move to set aside his default within 180 days is subject to disbarment.The charges were deemed admitted when Pines’ default was entered. They involved his representation of three clients who lost their homes to foreclosure and advising them to retake their former homes by forcibly breaking into them after new owners had taken title.In the first matter, Pines was charged with committing an act of moral turpitude by threatening the new property owner of his client’s former property, refusing to leave the property when instructed and violating the terms of temporary restraining orders. He failed to perform legal services competently by advising his clients they had a legal right to possess certain property when they did not. He also said the clients had the right to enter their former homes. Pines also made criminal threats and failed to provide respect to the courts.In the second matter, he was charged with moral turpitude for advising his client to break into his former residence, trespass and aid and abet vandalism.He helped other clients move back into their former homes, exposing them to civil and criminal liabilities by encouraging them to trespass, ignore police warnings and vandalize property. Pines also was charged with trespass and contempt of court.Pines was placed on interim suspension last year following a conviction for misdemeanor attempted burglary.