Orlando attorney suspended after being found in contempt

By Karen Kidd | Feb 3, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Suspended Orlando attorney Kelly Ann Greene now faces further suspension following a Florida Supreme Court order in which she was found in contempt of a prior court order, according to a recent announcement by the Florida Bar.

"Greene was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of an Aug. 3, 2017, court order in which she was suspended for 30 days and placed on probation upon reinstatement," the state bar said in its Jan. 31 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order.  "Greene failed to complete a diversion discipline consultant service review, and she failed to remit monthly monitoring fees associated with her Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. contract."

In its two-page order, the Supreme Court issued a one-year suspension as a sanction for failing to respond to a show cause order issued in November. The show cause order also active on the court's own motion suspended Greene indefinitely.

In its more recent order, the high court made Greene's one-year suspension nunc pro tunc retroactive to Dec. 3. The court also ordered Green to refund a former client's retainer fee of $1,200 and another client's fees of almost $749. Those amounts will have to be repaid before Greene may apply for reinstatement, according to the state bar's petition for contempt and order to show cause.

The court also ordered Green to pay $1,250 in costs.  

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 Greene's suspension.

Greene was admitted to the bar in Florida on Oct. 31, 1986, according to her profile at the state bar website.

The most recent round of suspension against Greene stems from her 90-day suspension following an August 2017 Supreme Court order followed by three years probation over allegations in six client matters detailed in a formal state bar complaint.

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