Clearwater attorney reprimanded second time

By Karen Kidd | Feb 4, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Clearwater attorney Kelly Anne McCabe has been reprimanded following a Nov. 29 Florida Supreme Court order after she was found in contempt, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"McCabe was found in contempt for failing to respond to inquiries by the Supreme Court and The Florida Bar in a timely manner," the state bar said in its Jan. 31 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order.  

McCabe was held in contempt following a court order to show cause why she should not be held in contempt and suspended until fully complied in writing to the state bar's official inquiries, the state Supreme Court said in its two-page order.

"The court takes very seriously every attorney's obligation to completely and timely respond to inquiries made by The Florida Bar," the order said. "Therefore, because [McCabe] did not respond to the inquiries in a timely manner, Kelly Anne McCabe is hereby held in contempt and is hereby publicly reprimanded."

The court also ordered McCabe to pay $1,250 in costs. The order provided no details about the state bar's inquiry.

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 McCabe's reprimand.

McCabe was admitted to the bar in Florida on Sept. 14, 2004, according to her profile at the state bar website.

The reprimand was the second McCabe received from the state Supreme Court in little more than two years. In September 2016, McCabe was publicly reprimanded following a Supreme Court order over allegations that included neglecting court responsibilities and her clients and failing to properly maintain her trust account records.

In that earlier reprimand, McCabe also was placed on a year of probation and order to pay a little more than $1,828 in costs.

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