Bar: St. Petersburg attorney indefinitely suspended after practicing while ineligible

By Karen Kidd | Jun 30, 2018

St. Petersburg attorney Kelley Andrea Bosecker has been suspended until further order following a Florida Supreme Court order issued last spring after being found in contempt for violating the terms of a prior disciplinary order, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

TALLAHASSEE – St. Petersburg attorney Kelley Andrea Bosecker has been suspended until further order following a Florida Supreme Court order issued last spring after being found in contempt for violating the terms of a prior disciplinary order, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"She failed to timely notify opposing counsel, the courts and her clients that she was suspended and she was practicing law while suspended," the bar said in its June 29 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order.

Bosecker's suspension was effective 30 days from the date of the court's order to allow her time to close out her practice and protect her existing clients' interests, according to the high court's two-page order.

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 Bosecker's suspension.

Bosecker was admitted to the bar in Florida on Nov. 19, 1984, according to her profile at the state bar website.

In May 2016, Bosecker was suspended for 45 days, followed by two years of probation, following allegations described in a consent judgment reached between Bosecker and the state bar at the time. The consent judgment included Bosecker's conditional guilty plea. Allegations against Bosecker's at the time arose from her representation of borrowers in quiet title actions and her theory "that a cloud was created on her clients' title to their property because the defendant lenders failed to acknowledge loan documents," the consent judgment said.

"The courts found that [Bosecker]'s theory was meritless and failed to state a cause of action. The federal court found that [Bosecker] continued to pursue her clients' claims even though she was advised they were frivolous. As a result, the court dismissed certain cases and imposed sanctions."

In a previous discipline, Bosecker was admonished in May 2014 after admitting she failed to diligently represent her client in a landlord-tenant breach of contract matter, to properly file a complaint or pay the filing fee with the court on her client's behalf and to properly consult with her client.

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