Tampa attorney disbarred for allegedly mishandling probate matter

By Karen Kidd | Oct 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) – Tampa attorney Michael Eric Eisenberg was disbarred following an Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court order over the alleged mishandling of probate matter, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Allegations against Eisenberg stemmed from a probate matter related to his client's mother, the state bar said in its Sept. 28 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order.

"Eisenberg provided the client with legal advice that was later determined to be inaccurate," the announcement said. "Upon learning of his error, Eisenberg indicated he would remedy the mistake and move the estate through probate court on an expedited basis. He subsequently informed the client, and related third parties, that he had filed the correct necessary pleadings with the court when, in fact, he had not. Eisenberg did not file any pleadings with the court and failed to communicate with the client henceforth."

Eisenberg also failed to participate in the state bar's subsequent disciplinary proceedings against him, the announcement said.

In its single-page order, the high court approved the uncontested referee's report filed in the matter before disbarring Eisenberg and ordered him to pay more than $1,600 in costs. Eisenberg already was suspended, which meant his disbarment was effective immediately.

Florida court orders are not final until time to file a rehearing motion expires. Filing such a motion does not alter the effective date of Eisenberg's disbarment.

Attorneys disbarred in the state generally may not re-apply for admission for five years and even then they must pass  through an extensive process that includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam.

Eisenberg was admitted to the bar in Florida on Sept. 18, 2003, according to his profile at the state bar website.

In June, Eisenberg was suspended following a state Supreme Court order after the court found him in contempt for noncompliance with a previous court order.

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