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Coral Gables attorney indefinitely suspended after failing to respond to state bar inquiry


By Karen Kidd | Jul 29, 2019


TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Coral Gables attorney Michael Jonathan Braunschweig has been indefinitely suspended following a July 11 Florida Supreme Court order after he failed to respond in an official investigation, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"Braunschweig did not respond to multiple inquiries from the bar during an investigation into allegations of his misconduct and failed to respond to the Supreme  Court's order to show cause," the state bar said in its July 26 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order.  "He will remain suspended until he fully responds in writing to the official Bar inquiry, and until further order of the court."

The Supreme Court's two-page order granted the state bar's petition for contempt and order to show cause and held Braunschweig in contempt. The suspension was handed down as a sanction, according to the order. The court also ordered Braunschweig to pay $1,250.

Braunschweig'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 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 Braunschweig's suspension.

Braunschweig was admitted to the bar in Florida on Nov. 4, 2011, according to his profile at the state bar website. No prior discipline before the state bar is listed on Braunschweig's state bar profile.

A state bar grievance committee found Braunschweig in noncompliance, contempt and having failed to repond to an official bar inquiry, according to information filed with the state bar's petition.

The grievance committee's findings following letters sent to Braunschweig in September 2018, October 2018 and February 2019, to which he "failed to provide the bar with a written respond to the aforementioned grievance," the grievance committee's findings said.

The petition and findings did not provide information about the grievance or allegations against Braunschweig.

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