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Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Warren Jay Knaust  Category: Lawyers

Address

530 49th St. S.
Saint Petersburg
Florida, 
County: Pinellas
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following an Aug. 30 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1976) In August, Knaust pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution, a felony. (Case No. SC10-1681)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Jussi Kustaa Kivisto  Category: Lawyers

Address

1010 10th Ave. N. #2
Lake Worth
Florida, 
County: Palm Beach
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following a Sept. 28 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Kivisto established a pattern of willful, deliberate disregard for the orders of the court. His behavior included lying to the referee in open court, frivolous objections to discovery, repeated failure to appear for deposition and filing a federal lawsuit against Bar counsel. The court found that Kivisto’s defiant and inappropriate behavior was premeditated and carried out with deliberate malice aforethought. (Case No. SC07-2281)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Joel Scott Jacobi  Category: Lawyers

Address

12555 Biscayne Blvd. #844
North Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from a Sept. 21 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) While running for reelection to a city council seat, Jacobi made false or misleading statements under oath regarding his residency. He was issued a letter of reprimand and required to pay $3,500 in fines by the Ethics Commission. Jacobi later resigned his seat after an opponent filed a lawsuit seeking his removal from the council. In another matter, Jacobi failed to appear at a hearing in a client matter, resulting in a judgment against his client, which Jacobi subsequently satisfied after a bar grievance was filed. (Case No.SC10-400)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Robin Ann Hellman  Category: Lawyers

Address

12000 N.E. 8th Ave.
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective retroactive to May 14, following a Sept. 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) Hellman misappropriated client funds. She consistently transferred client funds from her trust account to her operating account. (Case No. SC10-1018)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   James Bernard Hayes  Category: Lawyers

Address

5301 N. Federal Highway, Suite 130
Boca Raton
Florida, 
County: Palm Beach
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Permanently disbarred effective immediately, following an Aug. 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1978) Hayes misappropriated client trust funds and converted them for his own purposes. (Case No. SC10-939)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Robert Joseph Dorn Jr.  Category: Lawyers

Address

7815 W. Commercial Blvd.
Tamarac
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, effective 30 days from a Sept. 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) Dorn failed to respond to official Bar inquiries regarding a complaint. Also, the telephone number he provided to the Bar was disconnected with no forwarding number. (Case No.SC10-1491)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Fred Clinton Cohen  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 13146
North Palm Beach
Florida, 
County: Palm Beach
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 90 days, effective 30 days from a Sept. 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1973) Cohen failed to properly supervise and shared fees with a disbarred lawyer who worked in his office as a paralegal. (Case No. SC10-353)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Michelle H. Clark  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 173
Tavares
Florida, 
County: Lake
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for six months, effective 30 days from a Sept. 15 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Clark was placed on probation for three years in February 2007. She agreed to sign a rehabilitation contract with Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. and pay restitution of $5,500 to two clients. She failed to comply with the court order. (Case No. SC10-195)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Darlene Fernandez Carus  Category: Lawyers

Address

7234 N.W. 66th St.
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 30 months, effective 30 days from an Aug. 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2001) Carus allowed an attorney friend to use her Attorney’s Title Insurance agent identification and trust account to conduct closings because the friend claimed to have minor problems with her own membership. Unbeknownst to Carus, the friend’s Attorney’s Title membership had previously been revoked. The friend, an attorney who was later permanently disbarred, was not supervised by Carus and conducted numerous fraudulent transactions resulting in a loss in excess of $1 million. (Case No. SC10-1535)
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Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Jack S. Carey  Category: Lawyers

Address

635 19th Ave. N.E.
Saint Petersburg
Florida, 
County: Pinellas
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred, following a Sept. 14 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1951) (Case No. SC10-1399) Carey violated Florida Bar rules regarding conflict of interest. Carey represented a client for many years and oversaw her will through several amendments. After her death, the court found that Carey took advantage of the business relationship he had with the client and procured substantial benefits for himself. (Case No. SC10-1399)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Robert Ullman  Category: Lawyers

Address

506 Gardens Drive, Apt. 203
Pompano Beach
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following an Aug. 9 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1982) In May 2009, Ullman pleaded no contest to possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to three years probation and was subsequently incarcerated for violating the probation. In January, Ullman pleaded no contest and was adjudicated guilty in circuit court of petit theft. (Case Nos. SC10-784 & SC10-1176)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Mark B. Slavin  Category: Lawyers

Address

2020 N.E. 163rd St., Suite 300
North Miami Beach
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective 30 days from an Aug. 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1973) Slavin was hired by clients in a personal injury case stemming from a vehicular accident. As a result of that representation, the insurance company deposited the money into Slavin’s trust account. Slavin failed to preserve and apply more than $33,000 of his clients’ funds in accordance with Bar rules. (Case No. SC10-847)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Joseph Paul Sindaco  Category: Lawyers

Address

633 S.E. 3rd Ave., Suite 4R
Fort Lauderdale
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective retroactive to April 29, following an Aug. 26 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1980) Further, Sindaco shall pay restitution totaling more than $454,000 to a client, and a personal representative for an estate. Sindaco misappropriated client funds. (Case No. SC10-1629)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Frederick John Schutte, IV  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 6125
Live Oak
Florida, 
County: Suwannee
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
He is to be publicly reprimanded following an Aug. 26 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1990) Schutte violated a Bar rule regarding conflict of interest. (Case No. SC10-1083)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Jean Moyer  Category: Lawyers

Address

399 Reid St.
Palatka
Florida, 
County: Putnam
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following an Aug. 4 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2001) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Moyer appeared to be causing great public harm by abandoning her law practice without prior notice and without taking steps to protect client interests. (Case No. SC10-1484)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Evenette Mondesir  Category: Lawyers

Address

1175 N.E. 125th St. S-103
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following an Aug. 4 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1990) According to the a petition for emergency suspension, Mondesir appeared to be causing great public harm by misappropriating funds obtained to pay off a mortgage on her home. She also failed and/or refused to produce trust account records subpoenaed by The Florida Bar. (Case No. SC10-1529)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Stanley E. Marable  Category: Lawyers

Address

677 N. Washington Blvd., Suite 2
Sarasota
Florida, 
County: Sarasota
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, effective 30 days from an Aug. 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1973) After being retained by an Illinois-based collection agency to represent their interests in Florida, Marable failed to successfully do the job. (Case No. SC10-1289)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   John Stephen Lynch  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 136
Bartow
Florida, 
County: Polk
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
He is to be publicly reprimanded following a July 14 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1979) Lynch failed to competently represent a client in a post-conviction relief case. (Case No. SC10-281)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Joseph Thomas Lander  Category: Lawyers

Address

620 N.E. 146 Ave.
Old Town
Florida, 
County: Dixie
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following an Aug. 5 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Lander was found guilty of 16 felony counts of mail fraud and money laundering, with at least one of the offenses occurring while he was County Attorney for Dixie County. Lander is currently incarcerated. (Case No. SC10-385)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Charles E. Hobbs II  Category: Lawyers

Address

1315 E. Lafayette St., Suite C
Tallahassee
Florida, 
County: Leon
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
He is to be publicly reprimanded following an Aug. 4 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2000) Hobbs is further ordered to attend ethics school. Hobbs failed to clearly explain his scope of representation in a case and he failed to adequately communicate with a client. (Case No. SC10-351)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   David Eric Hammer  Category: Lawyers

Address

1300 E. 8th Ave.
Tampa
Florida, 
County: Hillsborough
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following an Aug. 23 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2006) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Hammer appeared to be causing great public harm by engaging in dishonest behavior and misappropriating client trust funds. (Case No. SC10-1596)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Sherry Grant Hall  Category: Lawyers

Address

4399 Commons Dr. E., Suite 300
Destin
Florida, 
County: Okaloosa
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred following an Aug. 26 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) Hall engaged in dishonest conduct by creating a fraudulent agreement for sale and filing a document with forged signatures with the clerk\'s office, to the detriment of a third party. (Case No. SC07-863)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   David A. Donet, Sr.  Category: Lawyers

Address

6303 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 400
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective 30 days from an Aug. 19 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1980) Donet was charged with trust account irregularities. (Case No. SC10-1600)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   Theodore Ross Dempster  Category: Lawyers

Address

801 Brickell Ave., Ph-1
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following a Sept. 7 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1976) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Dempster appeared to be causing great public harm by the misappropriation and/or diversion of funds entrusted to him. (Case No. SC10-1712)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Public Complaint:   Jorge De la Mar  Category: Lawyers

Address

7270 N.W. 12th St., Suite 440
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 60 days, effective 30 days from an Aug. 12 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) De la Mar misled a client who was attempting to legalize his immigration status. On multiple occasions, De la Mar failed to respond to the client’s inquiries, and sought erroneous resolution for the client’s need. Ultimately, De la Mar reimbursed the client for all of his expenses that were incurred in the retainer agreement, and admitted to his wrongdoing. (Case No. SC10-1557)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  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
Suspended until further order, effective 30 days from an Aug. 12 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2001) Byrne failed to respond to Bar inquiries regarding a complaint and filed to show good cause for his failure to comply. (Case No. SC10-1224)
Date Posted: March 3, 2011  Action Line Complaint:   John Newman Bryant  Category: Lawyers

Address

8834 Goodbys Executive Drive, Suite 3
Jacksonville
Florida, 
County: Duval
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
He is to be publicly reprimanded and placed on probation for two years, following an Aug. 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1978) Bryant was at fault for not maintaining proper trust account records and procedures. At trial, he admitted to continual neglect of required trust account records. (Case No. SC09-2014)

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