State bar opposes L.A. attorney's relief from suspension

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2017

Los Angeles attorney Drago Charles Baric will remain under suspension based on an Aug. 3 California State Bar's recommendation to the California Supreme Court order after finding he had not been rehabilitated following disciplines handed down nearly six years ago.,

In addition two separate disciplines handed down in 2011, a third matter against Baric is pending, according to the state bar's decision denying petition for relief from actual suspension. In that matter, Baric has stipulated to allegations in a client matter in which the state bar recommended in June that Baric receive three years suspended suspension and four years probation, according to the 28-page decision.

The state bar's decision is pending final action by the state supreme court, an appeal before the state bar's review department or expiration of time in which parties to may request further review within the state bar court.

Baric was admitted to the bar in California on Dec. 3, 1982, according to his profile at the state bar website.

The suspension Baric currently is under is about 6 years old. In December 2011, Baric received a suspended suspension of three years, with 18 months of actual suspension on the condition he make restitution and the state bar grant a motion to terminate the suspension, according to information in his state bar profile. In that action a state bar court found that had committed three acts of misconduct in two matters, one in which he was hired to handle a criminal appeal but never drafted a brief and another in which he used his client trust account to pay personal expenses.

In the latter matter, Baric allegedly wrote 31 checks and made 15 deposits of personal funds over five months while in the former matter he allegedly sought a time extension the same day he client fired him. Also in the latter matter, he did not account for client funds or refund an unearned $5,000 fee, according to information in his state bar profile.

Earlier in the same year, Baric had been suspended following allegations of 16 counts of misconduct in five matters, this disciplined handed down following 24 years of practice in California that had been discipline free, according to information in his state bar profile.

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