LOS ANGELES — Chino Hills attorney Jerry A. LaCues was disbarred
on Jan. 19 from practicing law in California.
LaCues has three prior instances of discipline by the State Bar of
California for similar acts of misconduct. His most recent
infractions involve his appearing on behalf of a client without
authorization, misleading a judge, and simulating a client’s
In the first matter, according to court documents,
the attorney responded to several motions on behalf of a client who
did not give him permission to do so and ultimately signed a
settlement check without the client’s authorization. In a second
matter, LaCues failed to pay a total of $1,500 for two sanctions to
the clerk of the court. In both matters, the attorney did not respond
to inquiries by the State Bar.
LaCues had been disciplined
four previous times for misconduct resulting in several suspensions.
In the matters spanning from 2012 to 2015, the attorney violated a
range of codes such as failing to perform legal work and failing to
promptly pay clients upon request.
The attorney will be required to comply with the California Rules
of Court Rule
9.20 subsections (a) and (c) in regards to his disbarment. The
rules require LaCues to update all of his clients of the court's
ruling, deliver any needed papers to clients concerning their cases,
return any unearned fees that remain, and notify opposing counsel in
any pending litigation of his disbarment. LaCues must then file
notice of compliance with the provisions of his disbarment with the
clerk of the State Bar Court.
LaCues, 66, was admitted to the State Bar in 1977, according to
his profile page
on the bar website.
The State Bar of California was established in 1927 by the state’s
Legislature and is governed by 19 trustees. Court documents for all
State Bar Court of California cases can be found online at