Tampa attorney found in contempt, suspended for allegedly failing to respond to state bar inquiry

By Karen Kidd | Dec 15, 2017

Tampa attorney Byron John Nenos Jr. has been suspended until further order following an Oct. 16 Florida Supreme Court order that found him in contempt for failing to respond to an official Florida Bar Association inquiry into complaints filed against him.

Tampa attorney Byron John Nenos Jr. has been suspended until further order following an Oct. 16 Florida Supreme Court order that found him in contempt for failing to respond to an official Florida Bar Association inquiry into complaints filed against him.

The high court's two-page order made Nenos' suspension effective 30 days from the order's date, allowing time for him to notify clients, opposing counsel and tribunals of his suspension and, within 30 days, to provide the state bar with a list of those notified. The state court also ordered Nenos pay $1,250 in costs.

The Florida State Bar announced the discipline and the state 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 Nenos' suspension. Nenos was admitted to the bar in Florida on Sept. 20, 1990, according to his profile at the state bar website.

Nenos failed to respond to an official state bar inquiry into two complaints filed with the bar against him, according to information filed with the state bar's petition for contempt filed prior to the state high court's October order. A state bar grievance committee this past May found Nenos in non-compliance and that he'd failed to respond to the official state bar inquiry and also found him in contempt, according to the state bar's petition.


The state bar sent a letters via U.S. mail July 11, 2016, to Nenos advising him of the complaints and requiring that he respond by the following July 27, according to the grievance committee's findings, included with the state bar's petition. The state bar again attempted to contact Nenos the following September, according to the grievance committee. Nenos failed to respond to those attempts to contact him, the grievance committee said.

This past March, Nenos was given 10 days to respond to a notice of assignment and the following month was sent notice of hearing, according to the findings. Nenos also failed to respond to those notices, the findings allege.

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