CA Bar Journal | Carlsbad Foreclosure Lawyer, Michael T. Pines, Loses His License

“Lawyers have an obligation to follow the law, not to break it.”

 Unless you’re a lawyer that works for the banks…


Carlsbad foreclosure lawyer loses his license

Declaring that he poses a substantial threat of harm to the public, the State Bar Court lifted the law license of MICHAEL T. PINES, the Carlsbad attorney who made national headlines by advising clients to break into their foreclosed homes and start living there again. He was placed on involuntary inactive status May 1.

The court acted at the request of the bar’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel, which asked March 11 that Pines be prohibited from practicing. Under the State Bar Act, an attorney who causes substantial harm to clients or the public can be swiftly removed from practice when the evidence suggests the harmful behavior is likely to continue and when it is likely the bar will prevail on the merits of the case. The court’s action is an interim measure pending a hearing on disciplinary charges.

“The State Bar is very gratified that the court has agreed with us that Pines poses an imminent threat of harm to the public and therefore has removed him from active practice,” said Chief Trial Counsel Jim Towery. “Lawyers have an obligation to follow the law, not to break it. There are proper ways and improper ways for a lawyer to protest a court order. Taking the law into one’s own hands is an improper way and will subject the lawyer to discipline.”

Check out the rest here…


14 Responses to “CA Bar Journal | Carlsbad Foreclosure Lawyer, Michael T. Pines, Loses His License”
  1. winning says:

    [In an 18-page ruling, Honn said Pines views himself as a modern-day Henry David Thoreau, “who encouraged civil disobedience to effect universal societal benefits, including ending slavery and war. But (Pines) is not Thoreau; his cause is not slavery or war.”]

    I beg to differ. Indeed what the evil do-ers have been doing to the public by screwing them out of their property is, not only “slavery”… but also will lead to “serfdom”, which has historically, and will eventually lead to war.

  2. pamelag says:

    God Bless You Mr. Pines. Know that this is a blessing in disguise. Good will prevail. Thankyou for helping us peasants. God Bless America!

  3. obama says:

    Get rid of every nazi death bar camp…It is a scam…The people in CA should send in all documents made up by the attorneys to this camp and stand in front of their offices until the camp starts getting rid of the criminal attorneys and judges…

  4. David Robert says:

    come on everyone, this is a “gift” to Pine.

    He does not need a Bar Card in order to help people. There is NO such thing as a license to practice law in the first place, it is a scam, it is a club, besides let them practice on someone else. We are all attorneys…..we are “attorneys in fact”. When an attorney enters the Bar they take an oath to lie, plain and simple. Besides, anyone in a Bar is intoxicated anyway. Pine can still operate as a para-legal. There is a BIG difference between giving legal advice and sharing legal information. Challenge for Pine will be that the scum sucking Bankers will be telling their hinch-men to keep their eyes on Pine. Frankly, he scared the crap out of them. There are very few attorneys who have the balls to do what Pine did.

    Kudos to him.

  5. lisamarie says:

    This guy is a HERO! Of course they shoot down any lawyer who trys to help homeowners! Bastards.

  6. Pamela says:

    Someone needs to hire him a lawyer he seems to be a nice man and you gotta admit the man has titanium danglys to even attempt some of the things he’s done and gotten away with.I believe he really has his clients best interest at heart.I find him more believable than a bunch bankster gangsters.

  7. Fury says:

    what Chief Trial Counsel Jim Towery doesn’t seem to get is that there is NO LAW anymore.

    he should take a few field trips and see how defrauded homeowners have been railroaded by the courts and bullied by the perps.

    it is shocking.

    why haven’t the people who committed this massive fraud been prosecuted and jailed?

  8. Fury says:

    the only imminent threat was to the lying bank criminals!

    he helped his clients and millions more by standing up to banksters!

  9. Scott says:

    Very sad day, in that he isn’t a shyster and he is one of the few attorneys nationwide who represents
    homeowners against the banks’ fraud. Be aware of how skewed the court system/state laws are against homeowners. Hopefully he wins a stay and can keep practicing.

  10. noel poe says:

    i support activists that work with the law and outside the law…but you can’t have it both ways.

    • He was informing his client that they had been wrongfully foreclosed by a party without legal basis to do so.

      How about these Alabama laws until 1964 civil rights legislation overturned it:

      It shall be unlawful to conduct a restaurant or other place of the serving of food in the city at which white and colored people are served in the same room, unless such white and colored persons are effectually separated by a solid partition extending from the floor upward to a distance of seven feet or higher, and unless a separate entrance from the street is provided for each compartment…

      Every common carrier engaged in operation of streetcars in the city for the carriage of passengers shall provide equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races by providing separate cars or by clearly indicating or designating by physical visible marks the area to be occupied by each race in any streetcar in which the two races are permitted to be carried together and by confining each race to occupancy of the area of such streetcar so set apart for it.

      It shall be unlawful for any person in charge or control of any room, hall, theater, picture house, auditorium, yard, court, ballpark, public park, or other indoor or outdoor place, to which both white persons and Negroes are admitted, to cause, permit or allow herein or thereon any theatrical performance, picture exhibition, speech or educational or entertainment program of any kind whatsoever, unless such room, hall, theater, picture house, auditorium, yard, court, ball park, or other place, has entrances, exits, and seating or standing sections set aside for and assigned to the use of Negroes, unless the entrances, exits and seating or standing sections set aside for and assigned to the use of white persons are distinctly separated from those set aside for and assigned to the use of Negroes, by well defined physical barriers, and unless the members of each race are affectively restricted and confined to the sections set aside for and assigned to the use of such race.

      Civil Disobedience in the face of laws like these? Warranted or not?

      • Fury says:

        i agree, lisa.
        good people need to continue standing up against fraud and discrimination.
        these same banks are the ones who posted signs in their windows
        “Irish Need Not Apply.”

        they discriminated and continue to discriminate against people of color.

        how come the law is not enforced against the criminals who brought this hellstorm down upon us?

        prosecute the perpetrators and not the victims.
        prosecute the the villains and not innocent.

        give praise to pines and those who use their knowledge to help the victims of this massive fraud.

  11. Lit Gant says:

    To bad. Shyster judges, shyster plaintiff lawyers, and they do this? He will make a good candidate for public office.

  12. Javagold says:

    OutRAGEous !

Leave a Reply