Jacksonville attorney suspended after hijacking law firm's email account

By Karen Kidd | Oct 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) – Jacksonville attorney Paul H. Green Jr. was suspended following a Sept. 20 Florida Supreme Court order in part over revenge he allegedly took against a law firm that fired him, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"Green was fired from a law firm, that he started with another lawyer, for engaging in unprofessional conduct such as missing appointments, not coming to work and making unauthorized charges to the firm's credit card," the state bar said in its Sept. 28 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order. "He then hijacked the firm's email account, made derogatory Facebook posts and continued thereafter to harass the other attorney via text and email."

In a second matter, Green allegedly communicated inappropriately with a client following Green's separation from the law firm.

"The complainant was intimidated by the nature and frequency of the correspondence," the announcement said. "Thereafter, Green saw the complainant while she was bartending at a sporting event and further intimidated her by slamming his hand on the bar and telling her 'good luck with that Bar complaint.'"

In its two-page order, the state Supreme Court approved the uncontested referee's report filed in the matter before suspending Green for 60 days and ordering him to pay approximately $2,436 in costs. Green's suspension was effective 30 days from the date of the court's order to allow him time to close out his practice and protect his existing clients' interests, according to the high court's order.

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 Green's suspension

Green was admitted to the bar in Florida on April 28, 2008, according to his profile at the state bar website. No prior discipline before the state bar is listed on Green's state bar profile.

Green agreed to contact the Florida Lawyers Assistance program for an evaluation within 30 days of the court's order, according to the consent judgment filed with the court. The consent judgment also includes Green's conditional guilty plea. Green agreed to probation during his FLA contract for a period not to exceed five years.

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