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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.

Florida Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in case between governor, state attorney

Glenn Minnis Jun. 13, 2017, 3:40pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the death penalty dispute between Gov. Rick Scott and State Attorney Aramis Ayala.

Fort Lauderdale attorney disbarred for participation in keeping over $2 million from client settlement

Olivia Olsen Jun. 7, 2017, 2:26pm

TALLAHASSEE — Laura Marie Watson, an attorney practicing in Fort Lauderdale, was permanently disbarred from the practice of law following an order issued by the Florida Supreme Court.

Miami Beach attorney suspended for failing to adequately handle loan modifications

Olivia Olsen Jun. 7, 2017, 2:16pm

TALLAHASSEE — Scott Lowell Podvin of the Podvin Law Firm in Miami Beach was suspended from the practice of law after a review of disciplinary actions.

Tampa attorney publicly reprimanded for failing to adhere to terms of prior probation order

Olivia Olsen Jun. 6, 2017, 2:36pm

TALLAHASSEE — Tampa attorney George John Francis Werner was publicly reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court in response to his failure to comply with the terms of a prior reprimand and probation order.

Jacksonville attorney suspended for borrowing client funds

Olivia Olsen Jun. 2, 2017, 2:22pm

TALLAHASSEE — Jacksonville attorney Keirsten Klatch was recently suspended for three years after a complaint against the attorney uncovered that she had borrowed funds from a client trust without permission.

Miami attorney suspended for pattern of misconduct during trial

Olivia Olsen Jun. 2, 2017, 2:11pm

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court ruled to suspend Miami attorney Cyrus A. Bischoff from the practice of law as a result of the attorney’s alleged misconduct in a federal lawsuit.

Pembroke Pines attorney suspended for drug possession charges, disbarred for misappropriation

Olivia Olsen Jun. 2, 2017, 1:15pm

TALLAHASSEE — Pembroke Pines attorney Marcy Elizabeth Abitz was suspended following the attorney’s no-contest plea to several charges and later disbarred for unrelated misconduct.

Supreme Court amends Code of Judicial Conduct to provide clarity for judges regarding financial disclosure

Denise Royal Jun. 2, 2017, 1:03pm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court has changed the way judges in the state disclose their financial earnings, especially when it comes to gift disclosures.

Cooper City attorney suspended for failing to adhere to prior discipline conditions

Olivia Olsen Jun. 1, 2017, 3:44pm

TALLAHASSEE — Melissa A. Heaton, an attorney in Cooper City, has been suspended after the Florida Supreme Court determined the attorney had not complied with the terms of a suspension order issued in October.

Attorney Heather Aquafresca suspended for failing to comply with terms of prior discipline

Olivia Olsen Jun. 1, 2017, 3:12pm

TALLAHASSEE — Heather Aquafresca, a Florida-licensed attorney residing in Webster, Massachusetts, was suspended from the practice of law because the attorney allegedly failed to comply with a previous suspension order.

Plantation attorney suspended for role in kickback scheme

Olivia Olsen May 31, 2017, 3:53pm

TALLAHASSEE — Plantation attorney Lauren Elizabeth Bannigan was recently suspended from the practice of law for her alleged participation in a kickback scheme.

Sarasota attorney suspended for misappropriating client funds

Olivia Olsen May 31, 2017, 3:39pm

TALLAHASSEE — Following a petition for emergency suspension filed with the Florida Supreme Court, Sarasota attorney William Robert Cohen will be suspended from the practice of law for an indefinite period of time.

Niceville attorney receives public reprimand for lying under oath

Olivia Olsen May 30, 2017, 3:23pm

TALLAHASSEE — John David Snell of Niceville was recently ordered to be publicly reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court due to a false statement the attorney made under oath, saying that he had not practiced law while his license was inactive.

Fort Myers attorney suspended for misappropriating client funds

Olivia Olsen May 30, 2017, 3:18pm

TALLAHASSEE — Michael Eugene Wynn, an attorney in Fort Myers, has been suspended from the practice of law following complaints of misappropriating funds.

Plantation attorney suspended amid allegations of misconduct

Olivia Olsen May 29, 2017, 2:50pm

TALLAHASSEE — Plantation attorney David Laurence Prince has been suspended by the Florida Supreme Court after a petition for emergency suspension was reviewed.

Lake Mary attorney disbarred for practicing with an inactive license

Olivia Olsen May 29, 2017, 2:43pm

TALLAHASSEE — Marlon Alphanso Smikle, an attorney in Lake Mary, was disbarred from the practice of law following a Supreme Court order after it was discovered the lawyer had violated a prior suspension order by practicing law while his license was inactive.

Opponents eye 2018 to head off legislative moves legalizing slots

John Breslin May 28, 2017, 6:55pm

Opponents of the spread of slot machines in Florida are eyeing November 2018 as the point when they claim "total victory" and their permanent bar in most parts of the state.

Bartow attorney suspended following discovery of child support scheme

Olivia Olsen May 26, 2017, 3:07pm

TALLAHASSEE — Bartow attorney Bradford L. Stewart was suspended from the practice of law by the Florida Supreme Court after it was discovered that the attorney had allegedly concocted a scheme to help a client pay less child support.

West Palm Beach attorney publicly reprimanded for failing to file documents on time

Olivia Olsen May 24, 2017, 2:53pm

TALLAHASSEE — Jeffrey Allen Harrington, an attorney practicing in West Palm Beach, recently received a public reprimand from the Florida Supreme Court.