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Orlando attorney faces another suspension after again being found in contempt

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By Karen Kidd | Jul 29, 2019

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Suspended longtime Orlando attorney Kelly Ann Greene yet again faces suspension following a July 12 Florida Supreme Court order for allegedly failing to comply with a previous order, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"Greene was held in contempt of the court's orders dated Nov. 1, 2018, and Jan. 2, 2019, for failing to comply with Rule 3-5.1(h) requirements of notifying clients, opposing counsel and tribunals of her suspension," the state bar said in its July 26 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order.

In its two-page order, state high court approved the state bar's petition for contempt and order to show cause after Greene failed to file a response to a previous order to show cause.

"As a sanction, [Greene] is suspended from the practice of law for three years," the court said in its order. "[Greene] is currently suspended; therefore this suspension is effective immediately."

The court also ordered Greene 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 Greene's suspension.

Greene was admitted to the bar in Florida on Oct. 31, 1986, according to her profile at the state bar website.

Greene has been suspended since an August 2017 Supreme Court order handed down a 90-day suspension followed by three years' probation over allegations in six client matters detailed in a formal state bar complaint. In those matters Greene is alleged to have violated professional conduct rules, including those regarding communication, commingling, diligence, failure to withdraw from the representation and failure to respond to a state bar inquiry.                                                  

In one matter, Greene allegedly responded to one client's complaint by saying "she was dealing with family difficulties," the formal state bar complaint said. A series of further suspensions followed, including 30 days suspension and probation that followed a Jan. 2 Supreme Court order.

In a previous discipline, Greene was publicly reprimanded following a November 2016 Supreme Court order, which also held her in contempt for failing respond to a state bar inquiry in a timely manner. That order vacated a previous order suspending Greene over her failure to respond.

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