West Palm Beach attorney found in contempt, suspended again

By Karen Kidd | Dec 7, 2017

West Palm Beach attorney David Andrew Jaynes has been suspended following a Sept. 22 Florida Supreme Court order that found him in contempt for failing to comply with requirements of his suspension handed down this past March.

As he still was already suspended, the September suspension for 91 days was effective immediately, according to the state court's two-page order, which also directed Jaynes to pay $1,250 in costs.

In his March suspension, Jaynes was required to notify clients, opposing counsel and tribunals that he'd been suspended and to provide the Florida State Bar with the names and address of all those whom he contacted, according to the state bar's petition for contempt filed with the court. Jaynes failed to timely submit the required information and the state bar doesn't know if Jaynes made any of the required notifications, according to the petition.

The state bar announced the discipline and the Supreme Court's order Nov. 21. In Florida, court orders are not final until after time to file a rehearing motion expires. Filing such a motion would not alter the effective date of the Jaynes' suspension. Jaynes was admitted to the bar in Florida on Nov. 5, 1982, according to his profile at the state bar website.

The state supreme court suspended Jaynes in March pending his full, written response to a state bar inquiry, according to the high court's order that month, which also held Jaynes in contempt for failing to respond to a show cause order and directed him to pay $1,250 in costs. The state bar has be investigating alleged issues with Jaynes' client trust account, according to information included with the state bar's petition filed with the court prior to Jaynes' March suspension.

In a prior discipline, Jaynes was admonished in October 2014 after he admitted to minor misconduct following his conviction for misdemeanor domestic battery in New Orleans, Louisiana, according to his admission filed with the Florida Supreme Court.

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