Top News

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.

Florida Supreme Court finds cap on medical negligence award unconstitutional

Kacie Whaley Jul. 17, 2017, 4:29pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court affirmed the 4th District Court of Appeal's decision to deem a statute unconstitutional that would cap noneconomic damages in a personal injury case.

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.

Florida GDP growth holds potentially costly future

Olivia Olsen Jul. 7, 2017, 2:17pm

TALLAHASSEE — The state of Florida has experienced a significant growth in its GDP since 2016, which may lead to an increase in tort laws.

Florida Supreme Court rules Miami civilian agency doesn't have power to subpoena police officer

Elizabeth Alt Jul. 3, 2017, 2:17pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court ruled June 22 in a unanimous decision that Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP) cannot compel Miami police officers to appear before its board while under investigation.

Pembroke Pines attorney reprimanded for failing to provide services

Olivia Olsen Jul. 2, 2017, 12:00pm

TALLAHASSEE — A public reprimand was ordered for Pembroke Pines attorney Stefan E. McHardy on April 20.

Panama City attorney suspended for failing to comply with terms of previous order

Olivia Olsen Jul. 1, 2017, 10:30am

TALLAHASSEE — Panama City attorney John Leslie Gioiello has been suspended from practicing law.

Palm Beach Gardens attorney disbarred after he failed to pay court sanctions

Olivia Olsen Jun. 30, 2017, 6:00pm

TALLAHASSEE — John T. Jenkins Jr. of Palm Beach Gardens was disbarred following a March order from the Florida Supreme Court.

Miami attorney suspended for failing to comply with prior discipline order

Olivia Olsen Jun. 30, 2017, 2:56pm

TALLAHASSEE — Miami attorney Kenneth Joseph Kukec was suspended from the practice of law following an April court order from the Florida Supreme Court.

Coral Springs attorney suspended for allegedly failing to provide legal work, misrepresentation

Olivia Olsen Jun. 29, 2017, 4:06pm

TALLAHASSEE — Christopher Lee Buttermore, an attorney registered in Coral Springs, has been suspended from practice by the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida Supreme Court rules public marinas are exempt from tax

Elizabeth Alt Jun. 29, 2017, 3:55pm

TALLAHASSEE — A six-year-long case over taxing marinas came to an end June 15 when the Florida Supreme Court sided with the city of Fort Pierce.

Sarasota attorney disbarred for failing to adhere to terms of previous suspension order

Olivia Olsen Jun. 26, 2017, 2:38pm

TALLAHASSEE — Sarasota attorney Allen Montgomery Blake has been disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court.