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California attorney reciprocally suspended in Florida after allegedly revealing company secrets


By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Attorney Adriana Koeck of Glendale, California was reciprocally suspended following a Florida Supreme Court order over allegations she revealed client secrets more than a decade ago, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"By order of suspension from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, dated Feb. 8, 2018, Koeck was found to have violated the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct by knowingly revealing client confidences and/or secrets during her tenure as an in-house lawyer for General Electric Consumer & Industrial in 2006," the state bar said in its May 30 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's May 2 order. "Koeck did not participate in the disciplinary proceedings and was suspended for 60 days with reinstatement subject to a showing of fitness based on her  assertion of a disability."

In its two-page order, the high court approved the uncontested referee's report filed in the matter before suspending Koeck for 91 days and ordering her to pay approximately $1,310 in costs.

Koeck's suspension was effective 30 days from the date of the court's order to allow her time to close out her practice and protect her existing clients' interests, according to the high 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 Koeck's suspension.

Koeck, listed in her state bar profile as "M. Adriana Koeck" was admitted to the bar in Florida on May 2, 1995, according to her profile on the state bar's website.

Koeck retired from the Bar of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 2014 and is on inactive status in Florida, according to the consent judgment filed with the court. The consent judgment also includes Koeck's conditional guilty plea.

Koeck was suspended by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in February 2018 for allegedly disclosing confidential company information about her former employer, General Electric, the American Bar Association Journal reported at the time.

The appeals court's board on professional responsibility found Koeck disclosed the information to a newspaper reporter, the U.S. Attorney’s office, the government of Brazil and the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the ABA Journal report.

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