TALLAHASSEE — Boca Raton attorney Brian Neil Greenspoon has been voluntarily disbarred following a March 14 Florida Supreme Court order after he apparently decided not to seek readmission, according to a recent announcement by the Florida Bar.
"Greenspoon filed a petition for reinstatement following a three-year suspension," the state bar said in its March 29 announcement of the discipline and the state Supreme Court's order. "The bar's investigation discovered that Greenspoon had client contact during his suspension. Greenspoon dismissed the petition for reinstatement and filed a disciplinary revocation."
The state Supreme Court issued its two-page order of disciplinary revocation, tantamount to disbarment, with leave to seek readmission after five years. Greenspoon was still suspended, which meant his disbarment was effective immediately.
The court also ordered Greenspoon to pay $1,340 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 Greenspoon's disbarment.
Attorneys disbarred in Florida generally cannot reapply for admission for five years and must pass an extensive process that includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam.
Greenspoon was admitted to the bar in Florida on Sept. 26, 2003, according to his profile at the state bar website.
Greenspoon was suspended indefinitely and then for three years following Supreme Court orders issued in January and August 2016 after Greenspoon pleaded no contest to a single third-degree felony count of unlawful solicitation to provide legal services. At the time, Greenspoon was alleged to have unlawfully met with a potential client regarding representation within 30 days of a motor vehicle accident.
A staff level state bar investigation pending against Greenspoon included allegations he continued to practice law while suspended by having direct client contact, according to his petition for disciplinary revocation filed this past January.
"[Greenspoon] understands that the granting of this petition by the Supreme Court of Florida shall serve to dismiss all pending disciplinary cases," the petition said.
Greenspoon also agreed to reimburse the state bar's client security fund "for any and all funds CSF has paid or may pay out for claims resulting from [Greenspoon]'s misconduct" and the state bar's costs, according to his petition.