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Chapel Hill, North Carolina attorney reprimanded for not communicating with client

Karen Kidd Nov. 18, 2017, 8:00am

North Carolina attorney Vasilios Alexander Venakides has been publicly reprimanded after a Sept. 14 Florida Supreme Court order following allegations he stopped communicating with a client in a marriage dissolution case.

New York attorney to be publicly reprimanded over alleged conflict of interest

Karen Kidd Nov. 17, 2017, 11:48am

New York attorney Stewart Meagher McGough will receive a public reprimand following a Sept. 14 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he engaged in a conflict of interest, according to a Florida State Bar announcement.

Fla. Supreme Court suspends Tampa attorney no longer practicing law

Karen Kidd Nov. 15, 2017, 2:46pm

Tampa attorney Jan Marie McCray, who says she is no longer practicing law, received a 91-day suspension following an Oct. 13 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations that included failing to maintain minimum required trust account records.

Jacksonville attorney suspended after failing to return $1.25 million deposited in client account

Karen Kidd Nov. 12, 2017, 11:50pm

Jacksonville attorney Christopher Michael Ochoa has been suspended until further notice following an Sept. 19 Florida Supreme Court order over $1.25 million allegedly transferred into his client trust account for a business deal that he failed to return upon request.

Kissimmee attorney suspended following allegations she failed to diligently represent clients

Karen Kidd Nov. 12, 2017, 12:01pm

Kissimmee attorney Talitha Marcine Leacock has been suspended following a Sept. 14 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations she failed to diligently represent clients after being retained.

Miami attorney suspended for allegedly soliciting client at hospital

Karen Kidd Nov. 10, 2017, 8:00am

Miami attorney Arturo Dopazo III faces a year of suspension following an Oct. 5 Florida Supreme Court opinion over allegations that he solicited a client at a hospital following an automobile accident more than a decade ago.

Clearwater attorney agrees to disbarment following grand theft guilty plea

Karen Kidd Nov. 9, 2017, 2:45pm

Clearwater attorney John Arthur Smitten, currently in Pinellas County Jail following his guilty plea on a charge he had stolen more than $100,000 from an area law firm, has agreed to his disbarment following a Sept. 14 Florida Supreme Court order.

Clermont attorney publicly reprimanded after employing disbarred attorney as paralegal

Karen Kidd Nov. 5, 2017, 12:00pm

Clermont attorney Justin Rickman has been publicly reprimanded by publication following an April 13 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he employed a disbarred attorney as a paralegal.

Winter Park attorney reprimanded, placed on probation following trust account irregularities

Karen Kidd Nov. 4, 2017, 4:00pm

Winter Park attorney Eric Anthony Lanigan, practicing in Florida for almost 41 years, has been publicly reprimanded by publication in the Southern Reporter and placed on two years' probation following an Aug. 3 Florida Supreme Court order related to allegations in three separate cases.

Former Broward School Board member suspended additional 2 years from law practice

Karen Kidd Nov. 4, 2017, 12:00pm

Coral Springs attorney and former Broward County School Board member Stephanie Arma Kraft has been suspended for two additional years following an June 22 Florida Supreme Court order after her 2014 guilty plea to official misconduct.

Massachusetts attorney suspended after found in contempt

Karen Kidd Nov. 3, 2017, 4:00pm

Massachusetts attorney Heather Aquafresca has been suspended for three years, effective immediately, following an Sept. 13 Florida Supreme Court after being found in contempt for failing to comply with a March 8 suspension order.

Cape Coral attorney permanently disbarred after found in contempt

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

Cape Coral attorney Renee Binns has been permanently disbarred following an Sept. 14 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations she was found in contempt for violating several Florida State Bar rules.

Hollywood attorney disbarred following allegations client difficulties

Karen Kidd Nov. 1, 2017, 10:00am

Hollywood attorney Carol Lynn Benson Kendall has been disbarred following an Sept. 22 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations that included failing to adequately represent clients in two separate matters.

Fort Lauderdale attorney publicly reprimanded for client issues while he was ill

Karen Kidd Nov. 1, 2017, 1:21am

Fort Lauderdale attorney David Arthur Eagle has been publicly reprimanded following a June 22 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations that, while suffering ill health, his communications with clients suffered and, in one case, the statute of limitations expired for lack of a filing.

Orlando attorney suspended after being found in contempt

Karen Kidd Nov. 1, 2017, 1:18am

Orlando attorney Nicholas Randall Jones has been suspended until further order following an Oct. 12 Florida Supreme Court order after he was found in contempt for not complying with a previous suspension over failing to respond to an official Florida State Bar inquiry.

Atlanta attorney publicly reprimanded, placed on probation after two DUI convictions

Karen Kidd Oct. 20, 2017, 4:00pm

Atlanta attorney Nishit Virendra Patel has been publicly reprimanded by publication in the Southern Reporter following an Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court ruling after being convicted of DUI twice in two years.

Tampa attorney suspended sending threatening letter to law firm

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

Tampa attorney Debra Denise Newman has been suspended for 15 days following an Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court order after sending what the Florida State Bar called

North Miami attorney reprimanded for error in probate case

Karen Kidd Oct. 19, 2017, 5:32pm

North Miami attorney Benjamin R. Jacobi, practicing in Florida for 44 years, has been publicly reprimanded by publication in the Southern Reporter following an Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court order after issues that arose in a probate case.

Attorney sees pressure on Florida lawmakers to address insurance scams

Karen Kidd Oct. 18, 2017, 2:31pm

ORLANDO (Florida Record) – The Florida Legislature's upcoming 2018 session might be the time when state lawmakers finally address the assignment of benefits and other insurance-related scams in a post-Hurricane Irma environment, an insurance regulation attorney said during a recent interview.

Florida Supreme Court grants Oldsmar attorney's petition for disbarment

Karen Kidd Oct. 15, 2017, 4:18pm

A petition by Oldsmar attorney Giorgio Vallar to be disbarred without leave to seek readmission was accepted following an Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court ruling in light of pending disciplinary matters against him, including trust account violations.