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Date Posted: July 15, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Scott Vincent Boruta  Category: Lawyers

Address

402 Knights Run Ave., Suite 100
Tampa
Florida, 
County: Hillsborough
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following an Aug. 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Boruta appeared to be causing great public harm by the misappropriation of client trust funds. Boruta told a client that he no longer had the $100,000 entrusted to him by the client for a specific purpose. Instead, he admitted to using the funds for a personal business venture. (Case No. SC11-1515)
Date Posted: July 15, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Brad Alexander  Category: Lawyers

Address

19 W. Flagler Street, Suite 410
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
He was publicly reprimanded and further, placed on probation following a July 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1980) Alexander was negligent in the handling of an immigration case that forced the client to retain new counsel. (Case No. SC10-2258)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Michael M. Milchman  Category: Lawyers

Address

3903 Pinewood Lane
Hollywood
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for three years, effective retroactive to Sept. 23, 2009, following a May 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Milchman failed to comply with all the terms and conditions of his October 2008 suspension. He accepted legal fees to represent a client while suspended. (Case No. SC09-1791)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Stanley E. Marable  Category: Lawyers

Address

677 N. Washington Blvd., Suite 2
Sarasota
Florida, 
County: Sarasota
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following a May 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1973) Marable displayed a pattern of misconduct, receiving a public reprimand and two suspensions between 1994 and 2010. This time, Marable failed to provide competent representation to a client and he failed to respond to official Bar inquiries. Marable subsequently abandoned his practice. (Case No. SC10-1828)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   James Robert Mann  Category: Lawyers

Address

1220 16th St.
Miami Beach
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 91 days, effective immediately, following a June 8 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Mann failed to comply with the conditions of his Sept. 30, 2010 suspension. He was required to submit a sworn affidavit to the Bar listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that were given a copy of his suspension order. (Case No. SC11-595)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Michael Vincent Laurato  Category: Lawyers

Address

1902 W. Cass St.
Tampa
Florida, 
County: Hillsborough
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
He was publicly reprimanded following a June 7 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1999) Laurato provided false testimony under oath during a deposition. (Case No. SC09-1953)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Alex Heydasch  Category: Lawyers

Address

100 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 2100
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for three years, effective 30 days from a May 26 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Heydasch was the settlement agent for 15 real estate transactions where a suspended lawyer, who is now permanently disbarred, handled the closings. Heydasch entrusted him to properly conduct the closings and failed to adequately supervise his actions. (SC10-1990)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Jay Clifton Halsema  Category: Lawyers

Address

4446-1A Hendricks Ave., Suite 378
Jacksonville
Florida, 
County: Duval
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Permanently disbarred effective immediately, following a May 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) Halsema pleaded guilty in circuit court to a charge of a scheme to defraud, a first-degree felony. He failed to refund a second retainer to a client; failed to respond to Florida Bar complaints; and failed to replace worthless checks given for the purchase of a motorcycle. Halsema also secured the notarization of a HUD document, without the presence of his wife, whom he claimed signed the purchase agreement. (Case Nos. SC10-1334 & SC11-36)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   John Robert Green  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 349
Panama City
Florida, 
County: Bay
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for three years, effective 30 days from a May 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2004) After his former wife filed a modification seeking an increase in child support, Green knowingly disobeyed an obligation to provide a truthful and accurate financial affidavit pursuant to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure. A circuit court found that Green unnecessarily delayed the proceedings for three years by failing to provide financial information, misrepresenting his financial situation and changing his testimony regarding the authenticity of various loan applications and financial statements. (Case No. SC10-671)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Eric P. Gifford  Category: Lawyers

Address

3807 County Road 826
Anna
Texas/ Florida, 
County: unavailable
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following a May 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2001) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Gifford appeared to be causing great public harm by misappropriating client funds. A Bar investigation found that Gifford took $5,000 held in trust for a mentally disabled client and used part of the money to pay private school tuition for his children. (Case No. SC11-943)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Inger Michelle Garcia  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 11933
Fort Lauderdale
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
She was publicly reprimanded following a June 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Garcia is further directed to attend ethics school. In the handling of one case, Garcia disclosed embarrassing information that was irrelevant and prejudicial to the administration of justice. In three other instances, after accepting retainer fees, Garcia failed to properly communicate with clients and keep them informed as to the status of their cases. (Case No. SC10-2261)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Terry Jon Forman  Category: Lawyers

Address

1501 S. Le Jeune Road
Coral Gables
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred for 10 years, effective immediately, following a June 23 court order. Forman shall also pay restitution of $50,000 to one client. (Admitted to practice: 1988) Forman was both a practicing attorney and a Certified Public Accountant when he entered into a business venture with clients. When the venture failed, Forman never repaid one of the investors. Forman knowingly participated in two mortgage fraud schemes, and he prepared and mailed a fraudulent income tax return to the IRS on behalf of a client’s girlfriend. Case No. SC10-1104)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   John Everette Evans, III  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 1653,
Fort Myers
Florida, 
County: Lee
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following a May 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2005) Evans engaged in a pattern of neglect with respect to client matters. In numerous instances, Evans obtained fees from clients and then failed to provide reasonable representation. He subsequently abandoned his practice without communicating with clients about their cases. (Case No. SC10-1566)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   David Edward Evans  Category: Lawyers

Address

108 W. 4th St.
Panama City
Florida, 
County: Bay
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 90 days, effective July 15, following a June 17 court order. Upon reinstatement, Evans is further placed on probation for two years. (Admitted to practice: 1994) After being retained to represent clients, Evans often failed to communicate and failed to appear at scheduled hearings. Evans was subsequently arrested and charged with doctor shopping, i.e., concealing information to obtain prescription drugs. (Case No. SC10-1400)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Todd Corey Deratany  Category: Lawyers

Address

503 Fifth Ave., Suite 102
Indialantic
Florida, 
County: Brevard
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred for 10 years, effective retroactive to March 21, following a May 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2007) Deratany is the subject of numerous disciplinary violations. In several instances, Deratany failed to maintain adequate communication with his clients and in one civil matter, he failed to appear for a trial and did not notify the court or his client regarding his conflict with a pending criminal case. Deratany also made disparaging remarks about another defense attorney during a recorded conversation with an incarcerated former client. (Case Nos. SC10-1292 & SC10-2383)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Joseph R. DeLucca  Category: Lawyers

Address

16091 Blatt Blvd.
Weston
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following a June 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1971) DeLucca pleaded guilty in circuit court to one count of neglect of a child, a felony. Prior to petitioning for reinstatement, De Lucca shall reimburse The Florida Bar’s Clients’ Security Fund in the amount of $11,166.67. (Case Nos. SC09-412 & SC09-758)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Arthur P. Cohen  Category: Lawyers

Address

4701 Martinique Drive, Apt. B4
Coconut Creek
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 30 days, effective 30 days from a June 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) Cohen was arrested for possession of cocaine, a felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Criminal charges were dismissed due to Cohen’s successful completion of drug court outpatient and pre-trial intervention programs. (Case No. SC11-63)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Kevin Jay Byrne  Category: Lawyers

Address

1451 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following a June 23 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2001) After receiving retainer fees from clients, Byrne demonstrated a pattern of neglect. He’d schedule and then cancel meetings; he did little or no work on cases and he failed to keep clients informed about the status of their cases. On numerous occasions, Byrne failed to respond to Bar inquiries regarding client matters. (Case No.. SC11-628)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   J. Gordon Blau  Category: Lawyers

Address

2732 Deer Berry Ct.
Longwood
Florida, 
County: Seminole
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective retroactive to April 1, following a May 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1978) An audit revealed that Blau misappropriated and commingled client funds. Blau had a federal tax lien of more than $12,000 and his law firm failed to timely pay employee withholding taxes. Blau also charged an excessive fee and failed to adequately explain his contract for representation in one case. (Case No. SC11-712)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Richard Edward Benton  Category: Lawyers

Address

1415 Piedmont Drive E., Suite 4
Tallahassee
Florida, 
County: Leon
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 40 days, effective 30 days from a June 17 court order. Further, Benton is directed to attend ethics school. (Admitted to practice: 1976) Benton accepted legal fees from a client but took no action to move the case forward, and subsequently failed to communicate regarding the status. The client requested the return of his money and retained another attorney to complete the case. Benton also failed to respond to the Bar\'s inquiries regarding the matter. (Case No. SC11-241)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Jessica Ann Bennett  Category: Lawyers

Address

13194 U.S. Highway 301 S.
Riverview
Florida, 
County: Hillsborough
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from an April 12 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2004) While preparing and filing a petition for a client in a guardianship and life insurance case, Bennett received court notification of deficiencies that needed to be corrected in order to grant the petition. Bennett never corrected the deficiencies, never informed client of court denial and stopped working on the case. In another instance, Bennett accepted a retainer fee to represent a client in a modification of child support matter. She failed to perform any legal services or communicate with the client, and she failed to respond to Bar inquiries regarding the matter. (Case No. SC10-1017)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Daniel Antonio Benito  Category: Lawyers

Address

2423 S.W. 147th Ave. #362
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Permanently disbarred effective immediately, following a June 7 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Benito had established a pattern over a three-year period of using client funds to satisfy past obligations to different clients, in a manner similar to a Ponzi scheme. One of Benito’s clients claimed to have sent him $80,000 for funding a marital settlement agreement. When the settlement did not materialize, the client demanded a refund through a new attorney, leading to a fee dispute. Instead of depositing the money into his trust account until the conflict was resolved, Benito disbursed the funds for his own use. (Case No. SC09-775)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Antonio R. Arnao  Category: Lawyers

Address

28870 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite 315
Clearwater
Florida, 
County: Pinellas
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 60 days, effective retroactive to Dec. 1, 2010, following a May 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1988) Arnao was found in contempt for repeated failure to respond to official Bar inquiries and failure to show good cause for non-compliance. (Case No. SC10-1341)
Date Posted: July 14, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Gary Michael Appelblatt  Category: Lawyers

Address

3610 American River Drive #112
Sacramento
California/ Florida, 
County: unavailable
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following a June 23 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1991) The Florida Bar was notified by the California Supreme Court that Appelblatt had been disbarred in that state in April 2010 because of felony convictions. (Case No. SC10-2463)
Date Posted: May 12, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Plutarco Miguel Villalobos  Category: Lawyers

Address

3621 Cleveland Ave
Fort Myers
Florida, 
County: Lee
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, effective 30 days from a March 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1992) Villalobos was found in contempt for failing to respond to an official Bar inquiry. (Case No. SC11-242)
Date Posted: May 12, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Harry Mark Vieth  Category: Lawyers

Address

1500 San Remo Ave., Suite 145
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for two years, effective retroactive to June 3, 2010, following an April 21 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) Vieth neglected a client\'s employment discrimination case, which resulted in the ultimate dismissal of the case. He also failed to keep the client reasonably informed about the case. (Case No. SC11-248)
Date Posted: May 12, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Gyneth S. Stanley  Category: Lawyers

Address

114 Turner St
Clearwater
Florida, 
County: Pinellas
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Stanley was publicly reprimanded following a March 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1979) Stanley served as successor trustee for an elderly friend. The client lived in a facility that provided for her care and Stanley paid the woman\'s expenses out of her $100,000 trust account. Without her knowledge, Stanley\'s office assistant wrote checks to herself out of the client\'s account and forged Stanley\'s name. Stanley replaced the missing funds with her own money. (Case No. SC10-1676)
Date Posted: May 12, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   James L. Soule  Category: Lawyers

Address

7515 W. Oakland Park Blvd., #100
Fort Lauderdale
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following an April 21 court order. Further, Soule shall pay restitution totaling $136,500 to two clients. (Admitted to practice: 1994) In two separate cases, Soule accepted legal fees, but failed to provide adequate legal services. In one instance, Soule claimed he had filed a lawsuit on behalf of a client, when in fact, he had not. Soule failed to communicate with the clients in both cases and he failed to respond to the Bar\'s inquiries regarding the matters. (Case No. SC10-1703)
Date Posted: May 12, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Aaron R. Sobel  Category: Lawyers

Address

2020 N.E. 163rd. St., Suite 300
North Miami Beach
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Permanently disbarred effective retroactive to Feb. 14, following a March 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1988) Sobel is the subject of a Florida Bar disciplinary matter in which he admitted to failing to preserve and apply client trust funds as required by Bar rules regulating trust accounts. (Case No. SC11-357)
Date Posted: May 12, 2012  Action Line Complaint:   Donald Ray Peyton  Category: Lawyers

Address

7317 Little Road
New Port Richey
Florida, 
County: Pasco
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 90 days, effective 30 days from a March 30 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1985) Peyton prepared legal documents for an elderly client who feared her son was stealing from her. Peyton appointed himself and his wife power of attorney and designated themselves as health care surrogates and beneficiaries of her estate. In another instance, Peyton accepted a $2,050 retainer from a client to probate her mother\'s estate. The client called on multiple occasions, but never spoke to Peyton. Instead, he delegated communication to his non-lawyer assistant. After contacting the court, the client discovered that a petition for administration had not been filed. (Case No. SC10-1783)

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