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Florida Supreme Court narrowly backs family in malpractice case

TALLAHASSEE — In a split 4-3 decision, the Florida Supreme Court recently sided with a 6-year-old kidney transplant patient's family who an appeals court said resorted to unfair tactics to secure a $4.1 million trial court award in a medical malpractice case.

Boca Raton attorney voluntarily disbarred following guilty plea in patient brokering scheme

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Boca Raton attorney Steven Ernest Slootsky has been voluntarily disbarred following a Jan. 4 Florida Supreme Court order after his guilty plea in a patient brokering scheme, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Beverly Hills attorney voluntarily disbarred ahead of allegations he practiced law while suspended

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Beverly Hills attorney David Leonard Ross has been voluntarily disbarred following a Feb. 22 Florida Supreme Court order ahead of pending allegations that he practiced law while suspended, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Port Orange attorney disbarred, allegedly abandoned law practice

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Port Orange attorney Michael Olshefski has been disbarred following a Feb. 8 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he abandoned his law practice, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar. "

Miami Lakes attorney disbarred over 'cumulative, disparaging misconduct' toward peers

Miami Lakes attorney Robert Joseph Ratiner has been disbarred following a Feb. 22 Florida Supreme Court opinion over allegations of "cumulative, disparaging misconduct" to other members of the legal profession, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Miami attorney suspended following conviction on SEC charges in StratoComm attorney letters fraud

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Miami attorney Stewart Alan Merkin, practicing in Florida for about 45 years, has been suspended following a Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court after his conviction on U.S. Security And Exchange Commission allegations that he violated federal securities laws, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Michigan attorney suspended in Florida, found in contempt for not responding to inquiry

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Michigan attorney Richard Shant Norsigian, practicing in Florida for about 10 years, has been suspended following a Feb. 23 Florida Supreme Court order after he failed to respond to an official inquiry, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Gulf Breeze attorney disbarred, request for rehearing denied

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Gulf Breeze attorney Kelly Kathryn McGraw has been disbarred following a Jan. 3 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations she failed to comply with a reinstatement order following her 2011 suspension over substance abuse issues, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Cooper City attorney publicly reprimanded after found in contempt for noncompliance

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Cooper City attorney Melissa A. Heaton has been publicly reprimanded following a Feb. 1 Florida Supreme Court order after she was found in contempt for noncompliance, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Jacksonville attorney publicly reprimanded after failing to appear in court

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Jacksonville attorney Alyscha Lauren Johnson has been publicly reprimanded following a Jan. 4 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations that several times she failed to appear in court, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Miami attorney suspended after being found in contempt

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Miami attorney Orlando Delgado has been suspended until further court order following a Feb. 23 Florida Supreme Court order after he was found in contempt, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Beverly Hills attorney suspended after allegedly requesting advance from two clients

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Beverly Hills attorney Wallace Biestrum Anderson Jr, practicing in Florida for about nearly 39 years, has been suspended for 91 days following a Feb. 22 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he asked two of his clients for an advance on fees, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Goldenrod attorney suspended after admitting to stealing from cash registers

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Goldenrod attorney Jacqueline Marie Kinsella, practicing in Florida for about two years, has been suspended following a Feb. 15 Florida Supreme Court order after she was charged with grand theft, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

New Jersey attorney reciprocally suspended following golf-club-as-weapon indictment

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — New Jersey attorney Ralph Alexander Gonzalez, practicing in Florida for more than 21 years, has been reciprocally suspended following a Jan. 25 Florida Supreme Court ruling after he was indicted for using a golf club as a weapon, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

South Miami attorney under emergency suspension, found guilty by default of alleged misappropriations

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — South Miami attorney Rene Julian Garcia Jr is under emergency suspension until further order following a Feb. 14 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations of misappropriation, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Fort Lauderdale attorney suspended for commingling funds

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Fort Lauderdale attorney Gerald W. Adams has been suspended for 91 days following a Jan. 4 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations that included commingling personal funds with trust funds, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Orlando attorney under emergency suspension following alleged misappropriation

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Orlando attorney Christopher Phillip Hancock has been placed under emergency suspension until further notice following a Feb. 6 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations that included misappropriation, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

West Palm Beach attorney placed under emergency suspension over alleged misappropriation

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — West Palm Beach attorney Brett A. Elam has been placed under emergency suspension following a Feb, 6 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations of misappropriation, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Boca Raton attorney voluntarily disbarred, pending allegations of theft

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Boca Raton attorney Gary W. Kovacs has been voluntarily disbarred following a Feb. 22 Florida Supreme Court order over pending allegations that he stole from a law firm, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Miami attorney, practicing in Florida 50 years, voluntarily, permanently disbarred

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Miami attorney Alfredo G. Duran, practicing in Florida for about 50 years, has been voluntarily and permanently disbarred following a Feb. 22 Florida Supreme Court order ahead of pending allegations of misconduct, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.