TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court granted attorney Patrick John Hammergren’s request for disciplinary revocation, which is tantamount to disbarment, with permission to apply for readmission after five years.
The Pensacola attorney has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2003. The revocation was effective 30 days from the court order to allow Hammergren to close out his practice and protect the interests of existing clients.
Prior to the court’s ruling on the revocation request, the Florida Bar investigated Hammergren for failing to comply with a May 21, 2015, court order to notify judges, clients and opposing counsels of his suspension, acceptance of at least one client during his suspension and continuing to practice law during his 90-day suspension by communicating with clients and accepting advanced fees.
Under the revocation agreement, pending disciplinary charges were dismissed and Hammergren agreed to pay restitution to former clients Charles James White, $1,000; Barry Hudspeth, $1,500; and Amanda Whiting, $2,000. He also agreed to reimburse the Florida Bar’s clients’ security fund and the Florida Bar for taxable costs resulting from his disciplinary proceedings.
(Case No. SC16-831)