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Suspended Boca Raton attorney faces emergency suspension over misappropriation

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By Karen Kidd | Jul 29, 2019


TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Longtime Boca Raton attorney Brian Jay Glick, indefinitely suspended late last spring, faces emergency suspension following a July 2 Florida Supreme Court order over misappropriation and other allegations, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"Glick is charged with misappropriation of settlement funds held in trust, use of unrelated funds to satisfy a trust fund liability, making misrepresentations to The Florida Bar in response to the bar’s investigation and failing to produce and maintain required trust accounting documents and other required records," the state bar said in its July 26 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order.

Glick's emergency suspension will be effective 30 days from the court's order, according to the announcement. In a separate order, the seven justices on the state high court also unanimously denied Glick's emergency motion to abate or stay the suspension 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 Glick's suspension.

Glick was admitted to the bar in Florida on Oct. 29, 1981, according to his profile at the state bar website.

Glick was indefinitely suspended following a May 31 Supreme Court order after he was to comply with a state bar subpoena issued in December. That suspension was effective 30 days from the date of the court's order to allow him time to close out practice and protect his existing clients' interests.

In its petition for Glick's emergency suspension, the state bar alleged "facts that establish clearly and convincingly that Brian Jay Glick appears to be causing great public harm." The state bar alleges its investigation "indicated that [Glick] has misappropriated client funds and made misrepresentations to The Florida Bar in an attempt to hide his misconduct," the petition said.

Glick allegedly misappropriated a little more than $2,110 from a settlement fund that were supposed to be held in trust "for certain medical liens" but Glick instead used the funds "for his own personal benefit or the benefit of other unrelated matters" the petition said. Glick later used other, unrelated funds to cover the misappropriated amount and then tried to cover it up once the state bar began its investigation, according to the petition.

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