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Palm Harbor attorney indefinitely suspended after failing to respond to an official inquiry


By Karen Kidd | Mar 5, 2020

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TALLAHASSEE — Palm Harbor attorney Anthony Gilbert Bossone faces indefinite suspension following a Feb. 12 Florida Supreme Court order after he allegedly failed to respond to an official inquiry, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"Bossone failed to respond to an official bar inquiry so the bar filed a petition for contempt and order to show cause with the Supreme Court of Florida," the state bar said in its Feb. 27 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order. "The court issued an Order to Show Cause to Bossone, but he failed to respond."

In its two-page order, the Supreme Court granted the state bar's petition for contempt and found Bossone in contempt.

As a sanction, the high court suspended Bossone "until he has fully responded in writing to the official Bar inquiry, and until further order of this Court," the order said.

The court also ordered Bossone to pay $1,250 in costs.

Bossone's suspension will be effective 30 days from the date of the court's order to allow him time to close out his practice and protect his existing clients' interests, according to the Supreme 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 Bossone's suspension.

Bossone was admitted to the bar in Florida on Nov. 27, 1989, according to his profile at the state bar website. No prior discipline before the state bar is listed on Bosson's state bar profile.

The state bar issued its petition for contempt and order to show cause in late October following a grievance committee's finding Bossone in non-compliance and having failed to respond to an official state bar inquiry, in addition to finding him in contempt.

As of the date of the petition's filing, Bossone had responded to the inquiry, according to the petition.

Neither the court's order nor the state bar's petition provided any details about why disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against Bossone.

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