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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.

Miami attorney disbarred over alleged fraudulent conduct in foreclosure case

Karen Kidd Jul. 10, 2017, 2:11pm

Miami attorney Paul Bradford Woods has disbarred following a March 30 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he acted as an escrow agent in which a party was defrauded and for allegedly fraudulent conduct during civil proceedings in a foreclosure case.

Fleming Island attorney reprimanded for commingling payroll taxes into operating account

Karen Kidd Jul. 10, 2017, 2:05pm

D. Kenneth Leigh Jr was publicly reprimanded for not paying payroll taxes to the IRS during part of 2015 and commingling payroll taxes into his firm’s general operating account.

Case of rejected St. Pete condo sale returns to trial court

Karen Kidd Jul. 3, 2017, 2:29pm

TAMPA — The sale of a St. Petersburg condo, which failed because the condominium association rejected the buyer shortly after the seller decided her listed price had been too low, will return the trial court.

Appeals court affirms decision not to renew license of Tampa plastic surgeon convicted of drug offense

Karen Kidd Jun. 16, 2017, 1:35pm

LAKELAND — A Tampa cosmetic surgeon who has since 2011 been fighting allegations she used patient information to obtain Demerol for her own use will not have her medical license renewed, according to an appeals court ruling handed down this month.

Professor: Appeals court ruled against alleged voyeur because iPhone password not protected by Fifth Amendment

Karen Kidd Jan. 11, 2017, 9:20pm

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Florida appeals court that ruled that an iPhone user can be compelled to give up the passcode to unlock his cellphone didn't feel it was covered by Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination, a law professor said.

Apfelbaum Law establishes office in Port St. Lucie

Karen Kidd Jan. 10, 2017, 6:22pm

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Port St. Lucie was a natural expansion location for Apfelbaum Law, the firm's managing attorney said in a recent interview.

Lawson for state Supreme Court justice wise choice by governor, FL business advocate says

Karen Kidd Dec. 16, 2016, 3:23pm

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott's appointment of a conservative appeals court judge from Winter Park is good news for business owners, an advocate said during an interview shortly after the governor's pick was announced earlier today.

Florida falls to No. 4 on ATRA's annual Judicial Hellhole list

Karen Kidd Dec. 15, 2016, 9:59am

This year's report focused less on Florida as a whole and more on the state's Supreme Court and south Florida.

Election general counsel sides with judge's decision about voter registration

Karen Kidd Nov. 6, 2016, 11:55pm

TALLAHASSEE -- As Tuesday's general election approaches, a federal judge's recent rejection of a Florida Democratic Party request to allow unverified voters to cast ballots was the right decision, says an election general counsel.

Gunster growth continues with promotion of four shareholders to leadership positions, other additions

Karen Kidd Oct. 28, 2016, 4:45pm

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – Gunster, the West Palm Beach-based, forward-thinking law firm known for having its fingers on the pulse of the state's business climate, is finding that growth and success leads to more of the same, two of its members said during a recent interview.

Understanding how students learn is behind FIU law school's high bar exam passing rates, dean says

Karen Kidd Oct. 18, 2016, 10:22pm

MIAMI – Helping students learn the way each of them actually learns is a large part of the reason Florida International University College of Law achieves high bar exam passing rates, 87.5 percent this year, the college's dean said during a recent interview.