Shalimar attorney suspended over alleged trust account irregularities

By Karen Kidd | May 2, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Shalimar attorney Jason Eddie Negron has been suspended following a March 21 Florida Supreme Court order over alleged irregularities in his client trust account, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"Negron failed to respond to three of four insufficient funds notices and to provide additional information regarding client credit card fees to The Florida Bar, resulting in a subpoena for trust account records," the state bar said in its April 30 announcement of the discipline and the state Supreme Court's order. "Negron failed to cooperate with the auditor’s requests for trust account information and failed to maintain the minimum required trust accounting records."

In its two-page order, the state high court approved the uncontested referee's report filed in the matter before suspending Negron for 91 days and ordered him to pay almost $1,914 in costs.

Negron's suspension was effective 30 days from the date of the court's order to allow him time to close his practice and protect his existing clients' interests, according to the state 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 Negron's suspension.

In January, Negron signed a stipulation to entry of discipline, agreeing to his suspension and to pay the state bar's taxable costs.

Negron was admitted to the bar in Florida on Sept. 24, 2004, according to his profile at the state bar website. No prior discipline before the state bar is listed on Negron's state bar profile.

Allegations against Negron began March 2017 with the first of multiple insufficient funds notices concerning the attorney's trust account, according to the referee's report. Negron initially told the state bar that he had closed his practice and that he no longer had a client trust account but a state bar investigators found the account with the insufficient funds was still open.

Additional overdraft notices were sent out concerning the account. In June 2018, Negron stopped responding to state bar letters and the matter ultimately was referred to a grievance committee.

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