... temporarily, before they revoke it permanently. NC Times:
Pines made a name for himself by advising families, including two in Escondido, too break into homes they lost to foreclosure and retake possession. In all cases, the families were evicted again, as Pines lost every argument in court and was cited for contempt in at least one of the cases.
Pines's behavior became so egregious in the view of the state bar that it filed to have his license suspended on an interim basis while it seeks to remove his license permanently.
"To remove a lawyer from active practice on an interim basis before formal charges are filed is a drastic remedy," said Chief Trial Counsel James Towery in a written statement. "That remedy is justified by the established misconduct of Michael T. Pines. He has shown complete disrespect for the law, the courts and especially the best interests of his clients."
Pines has been evicted from his Leucadia office due to foreclosure as well.
NOTE: This is NOT La Jolla personal injury attorney Michael Pines, who is concerned about being confused with the Encinitas break-in artist.