Darren Chaker of Las Vegas and Beverly Hills, is an avid blogger on record sealing, expungement, and First Amendment issues.
In 2017, Darren Chaker won again where a failed attorney, Scott McMillan, San Diego, sued in federal court alleging defamation in the context of a RICO case. The federal court dismissed the lawsuit and found the case to be meritless. Attorney McMillan filed a notice of appeal with the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court. Darren Chaker then employed an appellate SWAT Team of some of the best in the business. Darren’s appellate attorneys include, Gary Watt , Neil R. Bardack , and Josephine K. Mason of the nationally ranked San Francisco office of Hanson Bridgett. The appeal is pending and should conclude by the end of 2018.
While the case was pending in District Court, it was also discovered Attorney Scott McMillan filed a false statement with the federal court while making an effort to have the case heard in front of a judge Scott McMillan felt may be hostile towards Darren Chaker after he was recently reversed on appeal in a separate case involving Darren Chaker. A team of top tier Los Angeles based attorneys filed a motion to request sanctions against Scott McMillan. Attorney McMillan failed to oppose the motion likely since the merits of the allegations were too strong.
In 2016, Darren Chaker prevailed in the Ninth Circuit on First Amendment grounds against allegations which failed to criminalize defamation. Darren Chaker was supported by several civil rights organizations including Cato Institute, ACLU of San Diego, Electronic Frontier Foundation, First Amendment Coalition, and Brechner First Amendment Project at University of Florida filed a joint amicus brief in his support.
In 2012, Darren Chaker was commended for his outreach to at risk adults and youths who were involved in the criminal justice system. As the letter points out , hundreds of people heard talks about changing lifestyle patterns to avoid continuing the path to jail.
In 2011, Darren Chaker challenged a police department with a history of abuse, in its decision to not disclose the names of its officers. After retaining a top Texas law firm, a winning brief was written, and an opinion was issued by the Texas Attorney General siding with Darren Chaker.
In 2010, Darren Chaker prevailed yet again on First Amendment grounds in Nathan Enterprises Corp. v. Chaker 2010 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7604. In that case the California attorney, Felipia Richland was up against an attorney with multiple U.S. Supreme Court wins, Tim Coates.
Darren Chaker also litigated a cutting edge First Amendment case for 7 of its 10 year lifespan. In Chaker v. Crogan, 428 F.3d 1215 C.A.9 (Cal.),2005, Cert. denied, 547 U.S. 1128, 126 S.Ct. 2023, invalidated a statute on First Amendment grounds and overruled the California Supreme Court‘s unanimous decision in People v. Stanistreet, 127 Cal.Rptr.2d 633. Darren Chaker received recognition from community and civil rights groups for achieving a victory for the people of the State of California who felt too scared to file a complaint out of fear of going to jail. Soon after Chaker v. Crogan, it was also used to strike down Nevada’s analogous statute forcing the legislature to rewrite the law, but also used as the backbone authority in Gibson v. City of Kirkland, 2009 WL 564703, *2+ (W.D.Wash. Mar 03, 2009). Darren’s case continues to be a leading case on viewpoint discrimination.
Unfortunately, in 2013, Darren Chaker was charged with multiple counts of bankruptcy fraud. After trial, Darren was convicted of a single count. Efforts to reverse his conviction include the fact his bankruptcy attorney filed papers on Darren’s behalf without his knowledge, however Darren was held accountable for the representations. A bankruptcy expert was unopposed in her opinion that Houston, Texas attorney Thomas Fredrick Jones of Bailey & Galyen did not have a retainer agreement with Darren to file the bankruptcy petition, and destroyed records to make it appear as though Darren did consent to the papers being filed with the court. See Page 7 of bankruptcy expert report, “In my opinion Chaker’s attorney did not exercise a reasonable standard of care in filing a Second Bankruptcy Case without Chaker’s consent and signature. Indeed, in my opinion such conduct is fraudulent.” The report continues to state, “In my opinion, Chaker’s attorneys’ conduct in destroying, deleting, or altering his file and failing to maintain original signatures falls far below the appropriate standard of care.” (P. 13) Bailey & Galyen confirmed Darren’s bankruptcy attorney who had since been fired had destroyed records.
Although the conviction is a tarnish on one’s reputation, the fact is many convictions for lying occur to many upstanding people each day. In fact, simply turn on the news and see who Special Counsel Mueller has indicted from the inner circle of the White House for lying. Abby Lee Miller, star of Dance Moms, had her contract renewed again even after she was convicted for bankruptcy fraud. The same may be true of Real House Wives of New Jersey reality stars who were also found guilty of bankruptcy fraud. In the big picture, it does not hinder Darren’s professional or social life, and when the background of the case is revealed, it causes more concern for our judicial process how a bankruptcy attorney can destroy evidence and not be charged for obstruction, but his client is convicted for fraud. Think about it for a moment: if literally hundreds have been released from death row due to exoneration, is not possible others have been wrongfully convicted too?
Darren Chaker also enjoys promotes non-profit organizations such as the ACLU and various domestic violence shelters through his resources within the entertainment industry, including Jason Statham and Eric Roberts.Darren also enjoys traveling, being a phenomenal father, and forwarding his education with post graduate degree work. Darren also has extensive education and expertise in security operating system security, and hardening (Linux, Windows, Solaris), firewalls, intrusion detection systems, malware analysis, social media investigations, ethical hacker, counter-hack methods, encryption, forensics, and web application security.