A panel of U.S. district court judges have imposed $9.1 million in sanctions on a pair of Florida lawyers involved in Engel product liability cases waged by smokers against the U.S. tobacco industry and ultimately settled, deeming the moves a waste of judicial resources.
TALLAHASSEE – In a noteworthy decision filed Oct. 19, the Florida Supreme Court determined a trial court can apply a contingency fee multiplier even when no “rare” and “exceptional” circumstances exist.
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.
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.
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.
Miami attorney Mark S. Gallegos has been suspended for 91 days following an Aug. 10 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he failed to diligently and competently perform services in two immigration cases, one of which had been pro bono.
St. Augustine attorney John Richard Geiger has been suspended following a June 23 Florida Supreme Court order after he was again found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a previously imposed suspension.
Tallahassee attorney John Bischof has been publicly reprimanded by publication following an Aug. 10 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he failed to communicate with clients and closed his office without informing them or returning their fees.
Longboat Key attorney Kevin Keenan Chase has been suspended for 45 days and placed on two years' probation following an Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court order after entering a non contest plea to a 2015 charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Miami attorney Franklin C. Ferguson has been disbarred following a June 22 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations of misconduct, including lack of competence and diligence, excessive fees and misappropriation of client trust funds.
Boca Raton attorney Steven Nathan Ainbinder has been publicly reprimanded by publication following a June 22 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he mishandled client funds in a dispute with a public adjuster.
Miami attorney Angela Marie Abell, also known as Angela Hill, has been disbarred following a Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court order following allegations of gross negligence in guardianship cases and misappropriation of client funds.
Venice attorney Kymberli Ann Veith has been suspended for one year following a June 29 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations she failed to diligently represent four clients, according to a recent Florida State Bar announcement
Land O’ Lakes attorney J. Manuel Neyra has been suspended for two years and placed on three years' probation following a Aug. 10 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations that poor bookkeeping lead to shortages in his trust account.