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Bradenton attorney suspended over allegations of misappropriation

Karen Kidd Aug. 29, 2017, 8:00am

Bradenton attorney Julie Ann Parker has been suspended until further notice following a May 31 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations she misappropriated at least $7,340 from her trust account, according to a Florida State Bar report.

Orlando attorney suspended twice in three months after failing to pay second mortgage

Karen Kidd Aug. 28, 2017, 8:00am

Orlando attorney Michael Kevin Rathel has been suspended until further notice following a June 12 Florida Supreme Court order after he was found in contempt for not cooperating in a Florida State Bar investigation, according to a recent state bar report.

Sarasota attorney suspended after more than $60,000 found disbursed from trust account

Karen Kidd Aug. 25, 2017, 4:00pm

Sarasota attorney John Pangallo has been suspended for three years following a May 25 Florida Supreme Court order after the Florida State Bar allegedly found more than $60,000 had been disbursed over about five years from his trust account, according to a recent state bar report.

West Palm Beach attorney suspended for violating terms of 2015 order

Karen Kidd Aug. 24, 2017, 4:00pm

West Palm Beach attorney Sally Gayle Schmidt has been suspended for one year following a June 29 Florida Supreme Court order for violating the terms of a 2015 order after a history of intervention and discipline for alleged alcohol abuse, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

Miami attorney suspended for third time in less than year

Karen Kidd Aug. 23, 2017, 4:00pm

Miami attorney Christopher Steven Jones has been suspended for three years following a June 2 Florida Supreme Court ruling after being found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a previous suspension order, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

Lakeland attorney suspended for probation violations

Karen Kidd Aug. 22, 2017, 4:00pm

Lakeland attorney Cindy LoCicero Runyan has been suspended for 91 days following a July 13 Florida Supreme Court order after she violated the terms of a 2015 order requiring, among other things, she

Cape Coral attorney disbarred after admitting illegal drug abuse, addiction

Karen Kidd Aug. 22, 2017, 8:00am

Cape Coral attorney Thomas Stephen Heidkamp has been disbarred following a July 13 Florida Supreme Court order after admitting to addiction to and abusing illegal drugs, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

Palm Bay attorney attorney publicly reprimanded after deception by former client in probate matter

Karen Kidd Aug. 21, 2017, 8:00pm

Palm Bay attorney Armando Eduardo Rosal has been publicly reprimanded following a May 25 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he failed to diligently handle a probate matter, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

Clearwater attorney disbarred after abandoning practice and at least three clients

Karen Kidd Aug. 21, 2017, 2:00pm

Clearwater attorney Tucker Skrocki Boyt has been disbarred following a May 18 Florida Supreme Court judgment after abandoning his practice and failing to communicate with clients in at least three separate cases, leaving one without counsel during a hearing, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

Brandon attorney suspended after failing to respond to official bar inquiry

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

Brandon attorney Richard Luther Bradford has been suspended until further order following a May 31 Florida Supreme Court ruling after he was found in contempt for noncompliance when he allegedly failed to respond to an official Florida State Bar inquiry, according to a recent state bar report.

State bar alleges disbarred Sarasota attorney owes $95,000 to two clients

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

Sarasota attorney William Robert Cohen has been disbarred following a June 22 Florida Supreme Court order over disciplinary matters pending against him, alleging trust fund shortages and commingling of funds, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

St. Petersburg attorney publicly reprimanded following DUI plea

Karen Kidd Aug. 19, 2017, 4:00pm

St. Petersburg attorney Philip Andrew McCormick has received a public reprimand following a June 15 Florida Supreme Court judgment after McCormick entered a plea on a DUI charge, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

Trinity attorney disbarred over loan from client he allegedly did not fully pay back

Karen Kidd Aug. 18, 2017, 2:39pm

Trinity attorney Constantine Kalogianis has been disbarred following a May 25 Florida Supreme Court order for engaging in a pattern of misconduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation in a loan agreement from a client's inheritance.

Philadelphia attorney, suspended four times in two states in 20 years, disbarred in Florida

Karen Kidd Aug. 18, 2017, 2:17pm

Philadelphia attorney Robert Philip Tuerk, practicing in Florida for about five years, has been disbarred following a July 20 Florida Supreme Court order after violating the terms of an August 2016 order, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.

Miami attorney disbarred following allegations of misuse of client funds

Karen Kidd Aug. 9, 2017, 10:00am

Miami attorney Dennis Roland Bedard has been disbarred following a May 25 Florida Supreme Court order following a complaint by former clients that he'd misused client funds.

Miami attorney suspended following allegations of misappropriation

Karen Kidd Aug. 7, 2017, 3:26pm

Miami attorney Angela Marie Abell has been suspended following a July 13 Florida Supreme Court order finding her in contempt of a previous order amid a Florida state bar investigation into her handling settlement awards of children severely injured in an auto accident.

Pembroke Pines attorney who pleaded no contest in drug case disbarred for keeping $9,000

Karen Kidd Aug. 7, 2017, 8:00am

Pembroke Pines attorney Marcy Elizabeth Abitz has been disbarred following a May 25 Florida Supreme Court order for allegedly keeping $9,000 mistakenly mailed to her by an insurance group.

West Palm Beach attorney disbarred over failure to communicate with clients, withholding settlements

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

West Palm Beach attorney Mirta Desir has been disbarred following a May 11 Florida Supreme Court order over Desir's alleged failure to communicate with clients, not giving a full refund, withholding a file and refusing a bar arbitrator's order to issue funds from a settlement.

Gulf Breeze attorney disbarred after guilty plea to 13 felonies

Karen Kidd Jul. 31, 2017, 4:00pm

Gulf Breeze attorney Richard Michael Colbert has been disbarred following a May 11 Florida Supreme Court order after his guilty plea to 13 felonies including theft, embezzlement, misappropriation, money laundering, and bank and mail fraud.

Fort Lauderdale attorney disbarred after grand theft auto guilty plea

Karen Kidd Jul. 31, 2017, 10:00am

Fort Lauderdale attorney Joseph Cichowski has been disbarred following a May 11 Florida Supreme Court order after being found guilty of grand theft auto.