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Tampa attorney suspended for not telling clients he was suspended for allegedly misappropriating funds

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Tampa attorney Moein "Moe" Marashi was suspended following a May 17 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he failed to comply with requirements of his suspension in December for misappropriation, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Suspended Fort Myers attorney held in contempt, disbarred after allegedly practicing law while ineligible

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Suspended Fort Myers attorney Esmond Jude Lewis was disbarred following a Florida Supreme Court order after the court held him in contempt regarding a suspension handed down earlier this year, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

California attorney reciprocally suspended in Florida after allegedly revealing company secrets

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Attorney Adriana Koeck of Glendale, California was reciprocally suspended following a Florida Supreme Court order over allegations she revealed client secrets more than a decade ago, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

California attorney voluntarily disbarred in Florida after allegedly failing to report 2009 felony theft arrest

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Robert Ouriel, a suspended attorney from Pacific Palisades, California, has been voluntarily disbarred following a May 9 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations that he failed to report a decade-old felony theft arrest, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

West Palm Beach attorney suspended for contempt for not telling clients about previous suspension

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Suspended West Palm Beach attorney David Andrew Jaynes was suspended again following a Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he did not inform clients and other attorneys of his prior suspension, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Fort Lauderdale attorney voluntarily disbarred ahead of pending charges of misappropriation of client funds

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Longtime Fort Lauderdale attorney Frank Joseph Heston was voluntarily disbarred following a recent Florida Supreme Court order ahead of pending charges involving misappropriation of client trust funds, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Coral Gables attorney suspended for allegedly failing to notify clients of her previous suspension

By Karen Kidd | Jun 7, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) – Suspended Coral Gables attorney Madeline Palenzuela was suspended again following a May 20 Florida Supreme Court after being found in contempt for allegedly failing to comply with requirements to notify clients about her suspension, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Sarasota attorney disbarred regarding loan to his brother using money from client's trust

By Karen Kidd | Jun 7, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) – Sarasota attorney Daniel Marc Plonsky was disbarred following a May 3 Florida Supreme Court order over numerous allegations that included loaning money to his brother from a client's trust, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

St. Augustine attorney disbarred after being found in contempt for not notifying clients of his suspension

By Karen Kidd | Jun 6, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Suspended St. Augustine attorney John Richard Geiger was disbarred following a May 20 Florida Supreme Court order after the high court found him in contempt, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Jacksonville attorney voluntarily disbarred ahead of pending charges, including neglect and excessive fees

By Karen Kidd | Jun 6, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) – Jacksonville attorney Alyscha Lauren Johnson was voluntarily disbarred following an April 25 Florida Supreme Court order ahead of several charges, including neglect and excessive fees, pending against her, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Fort Myers attorney disbarred again, this time following allegations of client abandonment

By Karen Kidd | Jun 6, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Disbarred Fort Myers attorney Joseph Patrick Gaeta has been disbarred for the second time in less than six months following a May 16 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations arising from a single client matter.

Tampa attorney suspended for third time in less than two years

By Karen Kidd | Jun 5, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) – Tampa attorney M. Lynn Pope has been suspended for the third time in less than two years following an April 26 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations she failed to comply with requirements in a previous suspension, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Marco Island attorney faces suspension over mishandling divorce, other charges

By Karen Kidd | May 31, 2019

Marco Island attorney Susan M. Bodden faces suspension following a May 3 Florida Supreme Court order after allegedly mishandling a client's divorce and other charges, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Ocala attorney disbarred after allegedly abandoning practice

By Karen Kidd | May 31, 2019

Suspended Ocala attorney John Ralph Borland has been disbarred following a May 2 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he abandoned his law practice, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Jacksonville attorney faces disbarment over allegations in multiple cases

By Karen Kidd | May 31, 2019

Christopher M. Chestnut faces disbarment following a May 3 Florida Supreme Court order for allegations that included mishandling multiple cases, trust fund issues and other charges, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Florida appeal court reverses foreclosure dismissal as 'sanction' against New York bank

By Karen Kidd | May 31, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — A foreclosure action dismissed as a "sanction" against a bank for not obeying court orders is on its way back to Bay County after a state appeal court reversed the dismissal.

Insurance advocate: Florida insurers 'grateful' for Gov's signature on AOB reform; other abuses continue

By Karen Kidd | May 24, 2019

Florida consumers should see more insurance choices and lower rates in coming years, after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed AOB reform into law, insurance industry advocate says.

Florida Supreme Court today 'righted' wrong Daubert decision issued last fall, FJRI president says

By Karen Kidd | May 23, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — The Florida Supreme Court's amendments to state evidence rules issued earlier today puts right a previous court decision to not follow legislative mandated changes, the head of a Tallahassee-based tort reform advocacy group said.

Florida high court turns down rule change to give leftover class action funds to low-income legal programs

By Karen Kidd | May 21, 2019

A proposal for class action residual award funds to be given to third parties and, possibly, to organizations to provide legal services to low-income Floridians, was recently turned down by the Florida Supreme Court.

Fear that former partner will turn violent isn't enough for 'dating violence' injunction, appeals court says

By Karen Kidd | May 16, 2019

In Florida, it is not enough to be afraid that a former dating partner will be violent before a so-called "dating violence" restraining order may be granted, Florida's First District Court of Appea said in a recent opinion.

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