Florida Supreme Court News

Oral arguments over Scott's appointment of judge to be heard after ballot papers printed

By John Breslin | Aug 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - Florida's Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over whether Gov. Rick Scott has the right to appoint a judge to the circuit court just weeks before the November election, and after ballot papers are printed.

Miami attorney suspended, must pay nearly $22,000 in mishandled real estate transaction

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Miami attorney Guillermo Perez has been suspended and ordered to pay more than $20,000 in costs following a June 7 Florida Supreme Court order regarding fraud allegations, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Coral Gables attorney permanently disbarred over 'frivolous lawsuits' for Miccosukee Tribe

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Coral Gables attorney Bernardo Roman III has been permanently disbarred following a July 12 Florida Supreme Court order over allegedly frivolous lawsuits on behalf of the Miccosukee Tribe of Native Americans in Florida, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Tampa attorney suspended again following alleged noncompliance

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Tampa attorney M. Lynn Pope has again been suspended following a May 31 Florida Supreme Court order after being found in contempt for noncompliance with a previous suspension order, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Boca Raton attorney receives 3-year suspension for allegedly mishandling married couple's cases

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Longtime Boca Raton attorney Byron Gregory Petersen has been suspended three years following a July 5 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he mishandled several married couple's cases, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Tampa attorney receives 1-year suspension over alleged noncompliance

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Tampa attorney Cindy LoCicero Runyan has been suspended following a June 6 Florida Supreme Court order after she was found in contempt for noncompliance with a previous discipline, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Miami attorney publicly reprimanded by publication over immigrant's case

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Miami attorney Nashid Sabir has been publicly reprimanded by publication in the Southern Reporter following a June 28 Florida Supreme Court order over poor communication in an immigrant's case, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Tampa attorney to be publicly reprimanded for allegedly leaving staff unsupervised

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Tampa attorney Shazia Nagamia Sparkman has been publicly reprimanded following a July 5 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations she left her staff unsupervised, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Longtime Tampa attorney voluntarily disbarred pending disciplinary matters

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Longtime Tampa attorney Nathaniel W. Tindall has been voluntarily disbarred following a Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court order pending disciplinary matters against him, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar. here

Longboat Key attorney indefinitely suspended after alleged misappropriation, theft conviction

By Karen Kidd | Aug 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Longboat Key attorney Daniel Warren Morse Jr. has been indefinitely suspended following a July 2 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations of misappropriation and his conviction on theft charges earlier this year, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Boca Raton attorney's disbarment follows husband's disbarment

By Karen Kidd | Aug 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Boca Raton attorney Lori Kathryn Kovacs has been disbarred following a May 15 Florida Supreme Court order after she failed to respond to an inquiry, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Palm Beach attorney indefinitely suspended after not responding to inquiries

By Karen Kidd | Aug 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Palm Beach attorney Frederick Joseph Keitel III has been indefinitely suspended following a July 10 Florida Supreme Court order for failing to respond to official inquires after he was sanctioned by a bankruptcy court, according to court documents and a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Cooper City attorney suspended again after plea on illegal drug charge

By Karen Kidd | Aug 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Suspended Cooper City attorney Melissa A. Heaton has been suspended again following a June 7 Florida Supreme Court order after her plea to an illegal drug charge, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Fort Lauderdale attorney voluntarily disbarred ahead of disciplinary matter

By Karen Kidd | Aug 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Fort Lauderdale attorney Marcelo Gomez has been voluntarily disbarred following a June 28 Florida Supreme Court order ahead of a pending disciplinary matter regarding accepting cash from a defendant during an investigation in 2014, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Fort Myers attorney indefinitely suspended for allegedly abandoning his practice

By Karen Kidd | Aug 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Fort Myers attorney Joseph Patrick Gaeta has been indefinitely suspended following a June 20 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he abandoned his law practice, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Tampa attorney suspended for improper supervision of non-lawyer employee

By Karen Kidd | Aug 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Longtime Tampa attorney Morris Joseph Fonte Jr. has been suspended following a June 14 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he failed to properly supervise his no-nattorney employee, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Tampa attorney again found in contempt, suspended after failing to respond to bar inquiry

By Karen Kidd | Aug 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Tampa attorney Michael Eric Eisenberg has been suspended following a June 26 Florida Supreme Court order after being found in contempt for noncompliance with a previous court order, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Davie attorney voluntarily disbarred after admitting to misappropriating more than $300,000

By Karen Kidd | Aug 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Davie attorney Bradley Scott Douglas has been voluntarily disbarred following a June 7 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations that included misappropriation, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar. "

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