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Trinity attorney disbarred over loan from client he allegedly did not fully pay back

Karen Kidd Aug. 18, 2017, 2:39pm

Trinity attorney Constantine Kalogianis has been disbarred following a May 25 Florida Supreme Court order for engaging in a pattern of misconduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation in a loan agreement from a client's inheritance.

Philadelphia attorney, suspended four times in two states in 20 years, disbarred in Florida

Karen Kidd Aug. 18, 2017, 2:17pm

Philadelphia attorney Robert Philip Tuerk, practicing in Florida for about five years, has been disbarred following a July 20 Florida Supreme Court order after violating the terms of an August 2016 order, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

Miami attorney disbarred following allegations of misuse of client funds

Karen Kidd Aug. 9, 2017, 10:00am

Miami attorney Dennis Roland Bedard has been disbarred following a May 25 Florida Supreme Court order following a complaint by former clients that he'd misused client funds.

Miami attorney suspended following allegations of misappropriation

Karen Kidd Aug. 7, 2017, 3:26pm

Miami attorney Angela Marie Abell has been suspended following a July 13 Florida Supreme Court order finding her in contempt of a previous order amid a Florida state bar investigation into her handling settlement awards of children severely injured in an auto accident.

Pembroke Pines attorney who pleaded no contest in drug case disbarred for keeping $9,000

Karen Kidd Aug. 7, 2017, 8:00am

Pembroke Pines attorney Marcy Elizabeth Abitz has been disbarred following a May 25 Florida Supreme Court order for allegedly keeping $9,000 mistakenly mailed to her by an insurance group.

West Palm Beach attorney disbarred over failure to communicate with clients, withholding settlements

Karen Kidd Aug. 2, 2017, 8:00am

West Palm Beach attorney Mirta Desir has been disbarred following a May 11 Florida Supreme Court order over Desir's alleged failure to communicate with clients, not giving a full refund, withholding a file and refusing a bar arbitrator's order to issue funds from a settlement.

Gulf Breeze attorney disbarred after guilty plea to 13 felonies

Karen Kidd Jul. 31, 2017, 4:00pm

Gulf Breeze attorney Richard Michael Colbert has been disbarred following a May 11 Florida Supreme Court order after his guilty plea to 13 felonies including theft, embezzlement, misappropriation, money laundering, and bank and mail fraud.

Fort Lauderdale attorney disbarred after grand theft auto guilty plea

Karen Kidd Jul. 31, 2017, 10:00am

Fort Lauderdale attorney Joseph Cichowski has been disbarred following a May 11 Florida Supreme Court order after being found guilty of grand theft auto.

Estero attorney publicly reprimanded for not complying to a court order in timely manner

Karen Kidd Jul. 28, 2017, 4:00pm

Estero attorney Katherine M. Mohr has been publicly reprimanded following a May 25 Florida Supreme Court order after being found in contempt for an alleged failure to comply in a timely manner with a Jan. 5 court order.

Indiana attorney practicing in Florida disbarred over alleged misconduct

Karen Kidd Jul. 27, 2017, 10:00am

Indiana attorney Courtney Krudy, who has been practicing in Florida for four years, has been disbarred following a May 25 Florida Supreme Court order after resigning from the state bar in her home state during an investigation into allegations she had misappropriated funds from her previous law firm.

Attorney disbarred in Florida, two other states over misappropriation, misrepresentation

Karen Kidd Jul. 26, 2017, 10:00am

Alabama attorney David Erickson Hudgens, practicing in Florida for 34 years, has been disbarred following a May 11 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations of misappropriation, misrepresentation and the filing of false reports in Alabama.

Tampa attorney suspended 3 years following federal conviction regarding marijuana money

Karen Kidd Jul. 21, 2017, 8:00am

Tampa attorney Joe Manuel Gonzalez has been suspended for three years following a May 4 Florida Supreme Court order after his 2016 guilty plea to a felony for structuring financial transactions to avoid currency requirements in a marijuana case.

Lauderdale Lakes attorney suspended over mishandling funds in marital dissolution case

Karen Kidd Jul. 20, 2017, 8:00am

Lauderdale Lakes attorney Phillip J. Brutus has been suspended for one year, followed by two years' probation, following a May 4 opinion by the Florida Supreme Court for improperly disbursing in a divorce proceeding.

New York attorney suspended in Florida over misappropriating client funds, complaints

Karen Kidd Jul. 19, 2017, 3:29pm

TALLAHASSEE — Port Jefferson Station, New York, attorney Brian Christopher Morris has been suspended following a May 5 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he misappropriated client funds and numerous complaints received by the Florida Bar.

Coral Gables attorney suspended twice in two months for failing to cooperate with state bar inquiries

Karen Kidd Jul. 19, 2017, 8:00am

Coral Gables attorney Aura Olivas, who is facing allegations she'd misappropriated more than $300,000, has been suspended until further order following a May 3 Florida Supreme Court order for not cooperating in a state bar investigation.

Clermont attorney suspended over alleged financial irregularities involving elderly clients

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2017, 6:00pm

Clermont attorney Dennis L. Horton has been suspended until further order following a May 3 Florida Supreme Court order for allegations of financial irregularities involving elderly clients and using trust funds to cover operating account overdrafts.

Ponte Vedra Beach attorney suspended for not cooperating with inquiry into trust account

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2017, 3:42pm

TALLAHASSEE — Ponte Vedra Beach attorney Neil Wayne Platock has been suspended for three years following a June 15 Florida Supreme Court order for failing to cooperate in a Florida Bar inquiry into alleged irregularities in a trust account.

Fort Lauderdale attorney allegedly didn't know he was suspended while practicing

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2017, 3:32pm

TALLAHASSEE — Fort Lauderdale attorney Peter G. Stamas has been suspended for two years following a May 4 Florida Supreme Court order for practicing law while he was suspended when he allegedly didn't know he was suspended.

Panama City attorney reprimanded after disclosing relationship with client

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2017, 3:17pm

TALLAHASSEE — Panama City attorney Carl Wesley Pittman, who had been in practice for more than 40 years, has been publicly reprimanded following a May 4 Florida Supreme Court order over a sexual relationship between with a client.

Orlando attorney disbarred for overdrafting more than $58,000 from trust account

Karen Kidd Jul. 18, 2017, 12:21pm

Orlando attorney Paul R. Linder has been disbarred following an April 20 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he overdrafted more than $58,000 from a client trust account.