Nick Pacheco

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Nick Pacheco
Member of the Los Angeles City Council
from the 14th district
In office
July 1, 1999 – June 30, 2003
Preceded byRichard Alatorre
Succeeded byAntonio Villaraigosa
Member of the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission
In office
MayorRichard J. Riordan
Personal details
Lauro Pacheco Jr.

(1964-02-09) February 9, 1964 (age 60)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[2]
Political partyDemocratic
Residence(s)Los Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Loyola Marymount University (JD)

Lauro "Nick" Pacheco Jr. (born February 9, 1964) is an American disbarred lawyer, politician, and a member of the Democratic Party.[3] Pacheco served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council (1999–2003). Prior to serving on the Los Angeles City Council, Pacheco served as an Elected Charter Reform Commissioner (1997–1999) for the same district he served as Councilman. He also worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office as a Deputy District Attorney (1995–1999).[4]

Early life[edit]

Pacheco was born and raised in Los Angeles in the community of Boyle Heights.[2] His parents are both immigrants from Mexico.[2] His father worked as a steelworker and his mother was a homemaker.[2]

Pacheco received a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and Chicano studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1994.[5] Prior to attending the University of California, Berkeley, he attended Loyola High School, graduating in 1982.[5]


Pacheco served on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 14th District from 1999 to 2003.[citation needed] While on the council, he established a jogging path around a cemetery (Evergreen Cemetery Jogging Path) that included the use of recycled tires as part of the sidewalk.[6] He also created the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in the City of Los Angeles as chair of the council's Housing and Community Redevelopment Committee.[citation needed]

As chair of the council's Budget Committee he established the Neighborhood Prosecutor program that focuses on quality-of-life crimes in each neighborhood. Under this program each police division in the city has a specific Deputy City Attorney assigned to identify and prosecute quality-of-life crimes (graffiti, prostitution, drag-racing, etc.) that harm each neighborhood.[citation needed]

Pacheco ran for district attorney against incumbent Steve Cooley in 2004 and lost by 44 percentage points.[7] He returned to private practice, handling mostly family-law cases.[7] Pacheco ran to reclaim his old seat in 2005 but lost to José Huizar.[8]

After leaving politics, Pacheco continued to practice law in Los Angeles[9] and Mission Hills.[10]

Pacheco failed to participate in Case No. 16-O-17420-YDR, a disciplinary proceeding and as set forth in the Rules of Procedure of the State Bar, he was disbarred effective September 9, 2018.[11][non-primary source needed] The California State Bar maintains a page for each lawyer and his indicates that he was ineligible to practice law starting on September 1, 2017, and disbarred on September 9, 2018.[12][non-primary source needed]

Lira v. Nick Pacheco Law Group[edit]

In 2015, his law firm in Mission Hills was sued by two former employees, Carlos and Rico Lira, who alleged the following: that Pacheco failed to pay all of their wages, that his employee, defendant Juan Jaramillo, demanded that they contribute $500 to Rudy Martinez's City Council campaign (which later became the subject of an investigation by the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission), that his employees made racially charged statements to them, and that his nonlawyer sales staff improperly gave legal advice to clients by falsely promising that their homes could be saved from foreclosure.[13][non-primary source needed] They alleged to have been fired after they complained about this misconduct, and that Pacheco later defamed them to their prospective employer.[13][non-primary source needed]

Pacheco filed special motions to strike a majority of their claims under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16,1[14][non-primary source needed] contending that the statements to their prospective employer were made in anticipation of litigation, and that the remainder of the claims arose from his protected activity in representing his clients, and in connection with the Ethics Commission investigation.[13][non-primary source needed] He also produced evidence that they were terminated because they falsified Rocio's employment verification forms, and therefore the termination resulted from Pacheco's effort to comply with federal immigration law.[13][non-primary source needed]

The 8th Division, Second District of the California Courts of Appeal was not persuaded by Pacheco's legal arguments, denied his appeal, thus leaving the lower court's order denying his special motion's to strike in effect.[13][10][15]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Marisela Alvarez,[16] but the pair divorced. They had two daughters and a son.[17]

Electoral history[edit]

2004 primary election, Los Angeles County District Attorney
Candidate Votes %
Steve Cooley 596,616 59.15
Nick Pacheco 151,360 15.01
Denise B. Moehlman 91,667 9.09
Tom Higgins 71,068 7.05
Roger Carrick 68,978 6.84
Anthony G. Patchett 28,921 2.87


  1. ^ "Nick Pacheco". California Birth Index.
  2. ^ a b c d "Full Biography for Nick Pacheco".
  3. ^ "Lauro "Nick" Pacheco Jr". California State Bar.
  4. ^ Greene, Robert (2003-01-16). "The Silenced Warrior". LA Weekly.
  5. ^ a b "Candidate Profile".
  6. ^ "Evergreen Cemetery jogging path ~ Boyle Heights". LA Eastside. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2018-01-08. Evergreen Jogging path, Dedicated to Lloyd Monserratt: Nick Pacheco, Dedicated June 26, 2003; José Huizar, Councilmember 14th District, Rededicated January 12, 2008; Thanks to Public Works, Bureau of Street Services
  7. ^ a b "Pacheco Aims to Reclaim His Lost Job". Archived from the original on 2020-01-15.
  8. ^ "Los Angeles City Council - District 14 Election".
  9. ^ Hubbell, Martindale (December 2007). Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory 2008: California (Volume 2). Martindale-Hubbell. ISBN 9781561607730.
  10. ^ a b "Law Firm of Ex-Politico Nick Pacheco Rebuffed in C.A. Over SLAPP Claim". Archived from the original on 2015-09-07.
  11. ^ "Decision in Case No. 16-O-17420-YDR" (PDF). The State Bar of California.
  12. ^ "State Bar Profile".
  13. ^ a b c d e "LIRA v. NICK PACHECO LAW GROUP, APC".
  14. ^ Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16 authorizes early dismissal of SLAPP claims, which arise from "any act of [a] person in furtherance of the person's right of petition or free speech under the United States Constitution or the California Constitution in connection with a public issue." CCP Section 425.16(b)(1).
  15. ^ "Lira v. Nick Pacheco Law Group CA2/8, B257882 (Cal. Ct. App. 2015)".
  16. ^ "Marisela Alvarez-Pacheco".
  17. ^ "Meet The Pacheco Family..."

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