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Tort reform group prefers Supreme Court-endorsed county court jurisdictional increase plan over House proposal

By Karen Kidd | Apr 3, 2019

A Tallahassee-based tort reform advocacy group prefers a Florida Supreme Court-endorsed proposal to increase county court civil litigation thresholds over a state House bill that would raise them to $50,000 over two years. But the Florida Justice Reform Institute isn't so sure a threshold increase is needed.

Coral Gables attorney publicly reprimanded for allegedly failing to fully disclose interest conflict

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Coral Gables attorney Peter James Yanowitch has been publicly reprimanded following a March 14 Florida Supreme Court order over an alleged potential conflict of interest, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

New Port Richey attorney on emergency suspension for allegedly misappropriating more than $82,000

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — New Port Richey attorney Hugh Charles Umsted has been placed on emergency suspension following a March 21 Florida Supreme Court order over misappropriation allegations, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Philadelphia lawyer reciprocally disbarred after allegedly misappropriating funds for gambling debts

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Philadelphia attorney Frank Nathan Tobolsky has been reciprocally disbarred in Florida following a Feb. 28 Florida Supreme Court order after he allegedly misappropriated money to feed his gambling addiction, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Davie attorney voluntarily disbarred after admitting to improper disbursal of third party funds

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Davie attorney Cory Scott Robins has been voluntarily disbarred following a Feb. 14 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations involving his client trust account, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Oldsmar attorney faces second suspension

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Oldsmar attorney Allison Catherine Ridenhour faces 30 days of suspension following a March 7 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations in three client matters, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Orlando attorney placed on emergency suspension after allegedly abandoning practice

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Orlando attorney Albert W. Pucylowski is on emergency suspension following a Feb. 13 Florida Supreme Court order after he apparently walked away from his practice, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Silver Springs attorney faces voluntary disbarment over allegations in 2 client matters

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Silver Springs attorney Albert John Vidal faces voluntary disbarment following a March 7 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations in two separate client matters, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Imprisoned Hillsboro Beach attorney disbarred following 'pump-and-dump' conviction

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Hillsboro Beach attorney James M. Schneider, sentenced in February for his alleged role in a "pump-and-dump" securities fraud scheme, has been disbarred following a March 7 Florida Supreme Court order, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Atlantic Beach attorney indefinitely suspended after alleged failure to respond to official inquiries

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Atlantic Beach attorney Brett Allen Mearkle, suspended in December, has been suspended again following a March 19 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he didn't cooperate in a state bar inquiry, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Fort Myers lawyer faces additional suspension for allegedly failing to comply with discipline

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Fort Myers attorney Esmond Jude Lewis faces suspension for the second time four months following a March 27 Florida Supreme Court order after being held in contempt, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Miami attorney voluntarily disbarred following 'uncivil and unprofessional' behavior

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Miami attorney Marvin Kurzban has been permanently and voluntarily disbarred following a Feb. 13 Florida Supreme Court order after being "discourteous and unprofessional" during two trials of a civil matter, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Suspended Fort Lauderdale lawyer claims constitutional protections for her online attacks

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Fort Lauderdale attorney Ashley Ann Krapacs, on emergency suspension following a Florida Supreme Court order in February over allegations she harassed opposing counsel and a judge on social media, alleges her actions enjoy constitutional protections.

Longtime Coral Springs lawyer faces suspension for allegedly failing to keep foreclosure client informed

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Coral Springs attorney Mark Howard Klein faces a 30-day suspension following a March 14 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he failed to keep a client informed during a foreclosure case, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Boca Raton attorney disbarred following wire fraud guilty plea

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Boca Raton attorney Jeffrey Greenfield Klein has been voluntarily disbarred following a March 14 Florida Supreme Court order after his guilty plea last year to wire fraud, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Imprisoned St. Augustine attorney disbarred; accused of stealing more than $100,000 in client funds

By Karen Kidd | Mar 30, 2019

St. Augustine attorney Christopher William Adamec has been disbarred following a March 14 Florida Supreme Court order and his sentencing earlier this year for allegedly stealing client funds, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Miami attorney disbarred ahead of allegations he misappropriated more than $400K in client funds

By Karen Kidd | Mar 4, 2019

Miami attorney David Philips has been voluntarily disbarred following a Feb. 25 Florida Supreme Court order ahead of disciplinary charges pending against him, according to a recent announcement by the Florida Bar.

New York attorney disbarred following charges of misappropriation, more

By Karen Kidd | Mar 4, 2019

Suspended New York attorney Dale James Morgado has been disbarred following a Feb. 7 Florida Supreme Court order over multiple misappropriation allegations, according to a recent announcement by the Florida Bar.

Former Boca Raton attorney permanently disbarred following securities fraud guilty plea

By Karen Kidd | Mar 4, 2019

Former Boca Raton attorney Mark Fisher has been voluntarily and permanently disbarred following a Feb. 7 Florida Supreme Court order after his guilty plea late last year to securities fraud, according to a recent announcement by the Florida Bar.

Fort Myers attorney permanently disbarred following no contest plea to drug charge

By Karen Kidd | Mar 4, 2019

Fort Myers attorney Arthur P. Cohen has been voluntarily and permanently disbarred following a Feb. 7 Florida Supreme Court order after his conviction on a drug charge and allegations in a single client matter, according to a recent announcement by the Florida Bar.

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