TALLAHASSEE — Miami attorney Kenneth Joseph Kukec was suspended from the practice of law following an April court order from the Florida Supreme Court.
The high court issued the judgment after Kukec allegedly failed to respond to a suspension issued in March as a result of his alleged failure to adhere to the terms of a prior disciplinary order.
As part of the prior order, Kukec was suspended for 30 days on Aug. 20, 2015. According to the consent judgment filed with the court, the attorney had been arrested in 2014. He was charged with possession of cocaine and a controlled substance, both third-degree felonies in the state, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and equipment, a misdemeanor. The attorney notified the Florida Bar of his charges, and the suspension with conditions was issued.
On March 2, the Supreme Court issued another suspension for 91 days. A Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause filed outlined the attorney’s alleged failure to adhere to the terms of the probation. Kukec allegedly failed to pay his monthly monitoring fee on three occasions, but he requested a payment plan to remedy the issue. In addition, the attorney received three negative monitor reports due to his failure to attend 12-step and attorney support meetings, have a one-on-one meeting with his monitor and transfer his Drug Court testing requirements to Florida Lawyers Assistance Inc.
The attorney allegedly failed to respond to the March 2 suspension, and as a result, he was suspended in the April order until he can provide a response to the Florida Bar’s inquiry.
The Miami-Dade County attorney is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, according to the Florida Bar. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1986 and has no prior record of discipline since Aug. 1, 2007.