Nick Pacheco

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Nick Pacheco
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Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 14th district
In office
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 56)[1]
Los Angeles, California[2]
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Loyola Marymount University (JD)

Lauro "Nick" Pacheco Jr. (born February 9, 1964) is an American disbarred lawyer,[3] politician, and a member of the Democratic Party. 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]

Legal career[edit]

Pacheco was in private practice before he served as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney under District Attorney Gil Garcetti from 1995 to 1999. He later served on the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission from 1997 to 1999.[citation needed]

Los Angeles City Council[edit]

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]

Los Angeles County District Attorney election[edit]

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]

Los Angeles City Council election[edit]

Pacheco ran to reclaim his seat in 2005 but lost to José Huizar.[8]

Returning to private practice[edit]

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

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 that he failed to pay all of their wages, unlawfully pressured them to make campaign contributions (which later became the subject of an investigation by the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission), made racially charged statements to them, and engaged in questionable legal practices in servicing the firm's clients.[11] They were fired after they complained about this conduct, and he later defamed them to their prospective employer.[11]

Pacheco filed special motions to strike a majority of their claims under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16,1[12] 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.[11] 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.[11]

The 8th Division, Second District of the California Courts of Appeal denied Pacheco's request for appeal and the Los Angeles County Superior Court sided with the Liras.[11][10][13]

Since 2018, Pacheco he has been disbarred from practicing law in California.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Marisela Alvarez,[14] but the pair divorced. They had two daughters and a son.[15]

Electoral history[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Nick Pacheco". California Birth Index.
  2. ^ a b c d "Full Biography for Nick Pacheco".
  3. ^ a b "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. ^ a b c d e "LIRA v. NICK PACHECO LAW GROUP, APC".
  12. ^ 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).
  13. ^ "Lira v. Nick Pacheco Law Group CA2/8, B257882 (Cal. Ct. App. 2015)".
  14. ^ "Marisela Alvarez-Pacheco".
  15. ^ "Meet The Pacheco Family..."

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Preceded by
Richard Alatorre
Los Angeles City Councilmen
14th district

Succeeded by
Antonio Villaraigosa