Vincent Farnsworth 6:31 p.m., Dec. 4
State Bar Seeks to Yank License of Anti-Foreclosure Attorney
According to the California Bar Journal, the State Bar has filed to lift the law license of Carlsbad attorney Michael T. Pines, who has advised clients to break into their foreclosed homes and resume living there. The Bar wants to remove Pines from practice even before formal charges have been filed. Admitting this is "a drastic remedy," Chief Trial Counsel James Towery says the move is justified: Pines "has shown complete disrespect for the law, the courts and especially the best interest of his clients." Pines says he will file a lawsuit against the bar, saying it is helping debt collector attorneys who, he believes "engage in illegal foreclosure activities." Pines has been telling his clients that the foreclosures are illegal.
The subject of this piece, Michael T. Pines, is not to be confused with another San Diego attorney named Michael Pines, a personal injury attorney in La Jolla.