Michael T. Pines, Attorney Who Advised Client to Break Into Foreclosured Newport Beach Home, Should Lose Law License: State Bar



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R. Scott Moxley in November shared the story of "The Real Squatters of OC," a couple who moved into a foreclosed, gate-guarded Newport Coast home without permission.
The Duncans worked through a Newport Beach attorney to stay inside as long as they could--before eventually getting arrested, as an update to that cover feature disclosed.

Now, a different attorney is facing disbarment proceedings for advising clients to break into foreclosed homes and start living there again, including a 72-year-old man who was arrested in October after using a hammer to smash a window of his former five-bedroom, 4,400-square-foot home in Crystal Cove.

Metropolitan News Service has the scoop.

Attorney Michael T. Pines, 59, of Carlsbad, "has shown complete disrespect for the law, the courts and especially the best interests of his clients," which necessitates his removal from active practice, according to the State Bar's Chief Trial Counsel James Towery.

Pines has maintained foreclosures are illegal, so his clients have a right to repossession since they are still the legal owners of the homes. But, after reviewing their cases, the bar's Deputy Trial Counsel Brooke Schafer concluded Pines' clients in Corona del Mar, Carlsbad and Simi Valley did not have a legal right to move back into their foreclosed homes.

"He is harming both his clients and the public by advising clients to take the law into their own hands, and he uses his law license as a weapon," Schafer wrote in documents supporting disbarment. "By his behavior, actions and freely offered statements, he is a clear--and ongoing--danger both to his clients and to the public."

Pines gave police warning of what his client was about to do outside the Crystal Cove abode before spending five hours keeping "approximately seven police officers and an assistant city attorney wrapped up in his media circus," Schafer added.

The attorney was cited for contempt as well as criminally cited three times in less than a week, according to the bar.

This is, of course, unfamiliar territory for the State Bar, which generally protects its own. But in this instance, just think of how many of its attorneys own properties and represent those doing the foreclosing.

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Sad in UT
Sad in UT

not just effecting people in CA my neighbor is in a house he owns and well she was just told she  has 90 day to get out.... Because of HIM!! i dont want to loose a neighbor and a friend!!

Wavescotty919
Wavescotty919

Found this online:

Look what Michael T. Pines posted online just over a year ago on 01/30/10 (post #44). Now he’s completely contradicting himself and his posted comment. He is now telling his Bankruptcy Judge on the RECORD and the Trustee and the Trustee’s attorney in his Bankruptcy case ON THE RECORD that he “gets all his clients houses for free” which is absolutely false, he’s never even won a case against a lender, and he’s lying to a Judge a Trustee – ON THE RECORD. There are bankruptcy court transcripts available to prove Pines completely contradicts this comment he posted on 01/30/10 on this site:

http://sdcia.websitetoolbox.co... (MTP post #44)

MTPJunior MemberRegistered: 05/09/08Posts: 48 01/30/10 at 03:15 PMReply with quote#44

________________________________________This is my last post for the day as I have spent too much time too.I want to agree with CGabhart about one thing."Selling homeonwers a pipe dream about getting their house for free for $3000" is criminal.

I abhor the attorneys, loan mod companies, and others who do this. They are being stopped by the authorities.

Michael T. Pines

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Last year it was: “criminal”. Last year it was: “I abhor the attorneys, loan mod companies, and others who do this.” Pines, get your opinion STRAIGHT. This year it’s a different story with Michael T. Pines. This year, Pines is saying the SAME THING he said he abhorred to unsuspecting clients he’s ripping off. Funny, how a little greed can change your perspective on things. Pines is on the “you get a free house when you hire me” bandwagon. 100% fabrication on his part. Pines needs a memory refresher of the cases he's represented foreclosure clients and himself in – NO WINS. None. Nada. Not. One. Win. But he’s not telling you that, is he? Just do a CASE search in the areas he practices: San Diego, Vista, Riverside, Simi Valley, Mill Valley, Ventura, San Francisco, Marin – Not a win. Not. One. Win.

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edgarbell555

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Mussot
Mussot

I see a lot of posts from the same story about Michael Pines not helping and stealing their money. My case is a little bit different, Michael Pines did help my mother and myself. I hired another attorney which only took my money and did nothing but send emails back and forth to the lender. This attorney stated we were fine and the lenders could not touch us. Well guess what the lenders were able to touch us and they did. The attorney told us that we had to move out and that was the end of it. I went to speak with the hard money lenders personally, I was asking for just 3 months and she would move out at that time. The lender stated he would have her out in 1 month and the would not even give her 2 months. I went to talk to someone that knew Mr. Pines and since I was already burned by the previous attorney I figured it would happen again. To my surprise Michael Pines was different, he was very aggressive and backed down to no one. He was so aggressive he stated in his report that if they didn't drop the case not only would he go after the lender but also their lawyers, title, notaries and everyone else in the case. Guess what the original note for $150,000 went up to close to $200,000 the aggressive hard money lenders walked away from the $200,000 because they knew they would not only lose the $200,000 but also damages, which would be millions. I thought I would share this because it's not fair that everyone has been attacking Mr. Pines and no one would believe him due to all the bad publicity. Michael Pines is truly for the people, we need to get off the we hate pines band wagon and help him beat the monopolies of the banks. I have proof on everything I have stated in this posts.

chris
chris

Because of the banks!!! Get a clue! Do your homework people!

ChristinaK
ChristinaK

Mr. Pines is far from being greedy.. I have found him to be one of the most kindest people I have ever met. and he is defiantly for  the people. Look at the fault all the banks have put everyone in. And who pulls the banks out of their ruts? The government just to turn around and send their big wigs off on another vacation...People pull your heads out of your butts. All of you speaking negatively about Mike Pines must not have been recently laid off or are in foreclosure of your own homes. Do to our wonderful government and banks.Mike Pines is one of the most caring kindhearted people I have ever met, you negative speakers have probably never even met Mike Pines.

Sincerely,Christina Kirch

Randall
Randall

Yeah right Mussot. Like to see more evidence on what you say. I don't believe for a second the lender walked from the 200k just because Pines made some noise. Pines lies cheats and steals. It's only a matter of time before he's out of biz. I agree with the other Post....you're most likely Pines himself.

Pines' Disbarment is Coming
Pines' Disbarment is Coming

Mussot: Grow a brian. "Mr. Pines is truly for the people", you're either dumb or Mr. Pines himself. HE STEALS. HE LIES. HE lines his pockets with YOUR MONEY.Read this blog comment to get an idea of the level of misconduct and ethics violations by Michael T. Pines: http://superthieves.net/2011/0... Watch this video regarding the arrests of Michael T. Pines: 10news.com/news/26975758/detai... Pines has 4 RESTRAINING ORDERS AGASINT HIM in San Diego County: https://apps.sdsheriff.net/tro... Michael T. Pines stole money from 7 families at Marin Family Action. He took their money, filed a class action suit, and then dropped the case. Watch the video on his thefts: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news... Michael T. Pines the Self Proclaimed “Foreclosure Relief Expert” and “Foreclosure Relief Attorney” CAN'T SAVE HIS OWN PROPERTIES. Expert? On Foreclosure Relief? And all your own properties are in foreclosure? How can that be, Mr. Pines? I mean Mr. DELUSIONAL. To date, YOU NEVER WON A CASE AGAINST a MORTAGE COMPANY – EVER! YOU’VE NEVER KNOWN SUCCESS. Not in real estate, not in business, and especially not in foreclosure relief. To date, Michael T. Pines has NEVER won a case against a bank or mortgage company. Including his own mortgage holders. Michael T. Pines has 6, possibly 7, properties in foreclosure including his former law office building he was evicted from on Jan. 14, 2011. MICHAEL T. PINES CAN’T SAVE HIS OWN 6 OR 7 FORCLOSED PROPERTIES, MUCH LESS YOURS. Read this June 2009 Decision from the Utah Courts about Michael T. Pines’ OWN PERSONAL FORCLOSURE & COURT LOSS: https://ecf.utd.uscourts.gov/c... Is this the attorney you want to hire to help you fight a foreclosure, when all his own properties are in foreclosure and he can’t win his own properties back? Hello! He was EVICTED! More dirt (I mean facts) on Michael T. Pines: Real Estate Scam to Beware Of: http://gadblog.srcar.org/2010/... Michael T. Pines was ordered to pay $16,340. in sanctions in the Dykstra case: http://www.nctimes.com/pdf_b9a... http://www.vcstar.com/news/201... Michael T. Pines filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on January 11, 2010, he miserably represented himself and it was converted to a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, which STILL has not been discharged over a year later. Court transcripts show the Judge said Michael T. Pines was MALPRACTICING HIS OWN CASE. EVERYONE impacted and harmed by Michael T. Pines needs to write a State Bar Complaint. The State Bar of California is investigating NOW. Pines' first hearing is on April 12, 2011, get your BAR COMPLAINT into the State Bar NOW, they need at least 2 weeks in advance to review your evidence / case / proof so it can be considered at this hearing to suspend Pines' license.

chris
chris

Michael Pines is not the one who has started the foreclosures! People the cause is from the banks and the economy.. Is that the cause of Michael Pines?  NOOOOO!!!!!

Tokthelimittoo
Tokthelimittoo

You need to pull your head out of your ass.  Pines has been arrested for STALKING, HARASSMENT, VIOLATING RESTRAINING ORDERS AND FILING FALSE POLICE REPORTS.  HE'S A CRIMINAL.  I think the $227,000 bail that his mommy had to pay speaks for itself.  Yes, he's 60 years old calling mommy to bail him out of jail after his crimes.  Oh, and the State Bar has suspeneded his law license.  Who's nuts Christina Kirch?  You or the goverment agencies who are holding him accountable for JUST A FEW OF HIS CRIMES?   Get a clue, it could be you.   The State Bar has MANY complaints of clients he ripped off.....and YES, THEY HAVE MET HIM.

Mussot
Mussot

Grow a brain? I'm giving my opinion about a man who helped me so that makes me not have a brain?? I have explained my story so people can see what this man has done for me. If he would have stolen from me do you think I would be lying for him? So who's missing the brain now? I noticed all the slandering marks you have made about Mr. Pines and don't know why you do it but for someone to collect all the information on Mr. Pines and slander his name for whatever reason you might have I believe it has more to do than you trying to save the public from the big bad wolf "Michael Pines" you have your reasons for doing what you do, why don't you tell us the real reason you can't stand him. Or maybe you're just the RobinHood of the mortgage fraud industry! Best of luck to you in your journey in Slandering Michael Pines!

Mussot
Mussot

Randall,

So what happens when I prove to you what I'm saying is the truth? Are you going to apologize to Mr. Pines? If you are willing to apologize after I show you all the proof would you apologize? I'm in San Diego and willing to meet up with you to prove what I'm saying is correct if you promise to apologize publicly to Mr. Pines send me your email to arrange the meeting I'm a man of my word are you?

Chris
Chris

Michael Pines is not a liar, nor a thief he is for the people. how about you get pissed at the banks and their high way robbery. he just like anyone else has fee's for his services of being an attorney. There is no gaurantee that he can always win your case just like with any lawyer. Thats the standard life of a lawyer. Knowing Michael he probably had no idea that these cases were going to lose. So get a life and get off the hate act.. The fault lies within the banks. 

Chris
Chris

I do have a clue! The banks are in the process of trying to take our home.. And if Michael Pines could represent me I would definantly let him... He is for the people and has always been. he has tried to help in any way he can.. The System Sucks! The Government Sucks! They pulled the banks out of their hole just to have the banks big wigs go on luxury vacations and added bonus's. While home owners who work hard are having their home's foreclosed on. You need to get a clue and do your homework.. And Yes I have met him!!!!

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