Tamarac attorney publicly reprimanded after alleged slow response to state bar inquiry

By Karen Kidd | May 6, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Tamarac attorney Divya Khullar has been publicly reprimanded following a March 26 Florida Supreme Court order over allegations he was slow to respond to an official inquiry, according to a recent announcement by the Florida Bar.

"Khullar failed to timely respond to a bar inquiry," the state bar said in its March 29 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order. "The Supreme Court of Florida held him in contempt and publicly reprimanded him."

In its two-page order, the state high court referred to its petition for contempt and order to show cause issued in December.

"This court issued an order to show cause to [Khullar] to respond by a date certain why he should not be held in contempt and suspended until such time as he fully complied in writing to the official bar inquiries," the order said. "[Khullar] alleges that he has now responded to the inquiries."

The state bar also filed a reply confirming Khullar's compliance, "albeit not in a timely manner," the order said. "The court takes very seriously every attorney’s obligation to completely and timely respond to inquiries made by the Florida Bar."

The court also ordered Khullar 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 Khullar's reprimand.

Khullar was admitted to the bar in Florida on Nov. 26, 2012, according to his profile at the state bar website. No prior discipline before the state bar is listed on Khullar's state bar profile.

The court's petition for contempt and order to show cause followed grievance committee's finding that Khullar have not complied with the state bar in its official inquiry. The grievance committee's findings, included with the court's petition, said Khullar did not respond to emails and letters sent in summer 2018 and the committee found him in contempt the following December.

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