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Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Natalie Elaine Baker  Category: Lawyers

Address

15761 Sonoma Drive, Apt. 208
Fort Myers
Florida, 
County: Lee
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended effective 30 days from an April 12 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2008) Baker was charged and later pleaded guilty to two counts of Driving Under the Influence and serious bodily injury to another, a felony; one count of Driving Under the Influence and property damage, a first-degree misdemeanor; and one count of Driving Under the Influence, a first-degree misdemeanor. She was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by six years probation. (Case No. SC10-681)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Mitchell Jay Zidel  Category: Lawyers

Address

66 W. Flagler St., Suite 2002
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for one year, effective 30 days from a Feb. 22 order. (Admitted to practice: 1994) Further, Zidel shall pay restitution of more than $13,000. With respect to his representation of two clients, Zidel was found guilty of fee rule violations, lack of diligence and proper communication, and commingling. (Case No. SC07-2150).
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   George P. Weidinger  Category: Lawyers

Address

3910 W. Riverside Drive
Burbank
California/ Florida, 
County: unavailable
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following a Feb. 25 court order. Weidinger was suspended in November 2008. (Admitted to practice: 1980) In several instances, after being retained to represent clients, Weidinger established a pattern of neglect. He failed to appear in person or by telephone for a November 2009 discipline hearing and he changed his address to reflect an address that did not exist. (Case No. SC09-1476)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Merrill Carlton Tunsil  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 2113
Lake City
Florida, 
County: Columbia
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following a Feb. 18 court order. Tunsil was suspended in September 2009. (Admitted to practice: 1978) A Bar audit found that Tunsil had 81 checks and automatic payments returned or paid by the bank due to insufficient funds, resulting in $3,516.50 in service charges. The auditor also found numerous violations regarding Tunsilís trust account records. (Case No. SC09-2107)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Sam Thankachen  Category: Lawyers

Address

7144 Stirling Road
Hollywood
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following a Feb. 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Thankachen appeared to be causing great public harm by misappropriating client funds. The Florida Bar identified at least $450,000 that Thankachen should have held in trust; instead, he transferred the funds to a business account. (Case No. SC10-199)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Carl Martin Swanson  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 492
Boston
Massachusetts/ Florida, 
County: unavailable
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective retroactive to Dec. 3, 2008, following a Feb. 15 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) Swanson was disbarred by the Michigan Bar in March 2008. In November 2004, he was convicted in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit for the felony offense of possession with intent to deliver marijuana (less than five kilograms). (Case No. SC08-1008)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Stuart Leonard Stein  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 29598
Santa Fe
New Mexico/ Florida, 
County: unavailable
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred for five years, effective immediately, following a Feb. 26 court order. Stein was suspended in May 2008. He was disbarred by the New Mexico Supreme Court in December 2007 for misconduct related to conflict of interest, communication with persons represented by counsel and candor toward the tribunal. (Admitted to practice: 1977) (Case No. SC08-1108)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Janet Elaine Spence  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 297461
Pembroke Pines
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Publicly reprimanded following a Feb. 25 court order. Further, Spence shall pay restitution of $757.43 to two clients. (Admitted to practice: 1996) A Bar audit revealed record-keeping and trust account violations as well as commingling. Spence pleaded guilty to the charges. (Case No. SC10-230).
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Kenneth Paul Sirkin  Category: Lawyers

Address

2500 Quantum Lakes Dr., Suite 203
Boynton Beach
Florida, 
County: Palm Beach
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, effective immediately, following a Feb. 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Sirkin caused great public harm. In October 2009, Sirkin was suspended from practicing law in New Jersey. In Florida, Sirkin accepted the representation of numerous clients, and thereafter failed to communicate with them, failed to distribute funds owed to them, refused to respond to the investigative inquiries of The Florida Bar and refused to participate in the disciplinary process before a duly appointed referee. (Case No. SC10-319)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Richard Stuart Shankman  Category: Lawyers

Address

2536 N.W. 53rd St
Boca Raton
Florida, 
County: Palm Beach
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for six months, effective 30 days from a March 9 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1999) Shankman charged an excessive fee, did not provide competent representation to a client and violated rules regarding conflict of interest. (Case No. SC08-1107)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Jose L. DelCastillo Salamanca  Category: Lawyers

Address

255 Main St., Fl 2
Hartford
Connecticut/ Florida, 
County: unavailable
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for two years, effective retroactive to Feb. 13, 2009, following a Feb. 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1994) Salamanca was convicted in court of one count of document fraud, a felony, and sentenced to 12 months and one day incarceration. He was also fined $15,000. Salamanca was subsequently suspended from practicing law in Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida. (Case No. SC09-33)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Emmanuel Roy  Category: Lawyers

Address

26 Court St., Suite 150
Brooklyn
New York/ Florida, 
County: unavailable
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, effective immediately, following a March 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Roy surrendered his license to practice law in New York during a disciplinary matter. Roy appeared to be causing great public harm by inflating the sales price in a real estate matter to obtain a higher mortgage and stealing the excess and converting client escrow funds. (Case No. SC10-475)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Peter C. Richard II  Category: Lawyers

Address

29806 Morwen Place
Wesley Chapel
Florida, 
County: Pasco
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for nine months, effective 30 days from a March 4 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2004) Richard pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct involving lack of competence, dishonesty, misrepresentation to the court, and misrepresentation on loan documents. (Case Nos. SC08-1732 and SC09-335).
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Peter Natan Price  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 220314
Hollywood
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred on consent, effective immediately, following a Feb. 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Price was the subject of six active Bar disciplinary investigations. Pursuant to the consent agreement, Price admitted violating various Rules Regulating The Florida Bar including sharing legal fees with a nonlawyer; failing to apply trust funds to the specific purpose of entrustment; committing conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; charging or collecting an excessive fee; and failing to protect a client\'s interest upon terminating the representation. (Case No. SC10-259)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Mark Edward Panunzio  Category: Lawyers

Address

80 S.W. 8th St., Suite 2100
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended following a March 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1988) Panunzio pleaded guilty to two felony counts of DUI with serious bodily injury and two misdemeanor counts of DUI with property damage. (Case No. SC10-516)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Joseph Thomas Lander  Category: Lawyers

Address

620 N.E. 146 Ave.
Old Town
Florida, 
County: Dixie
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended following a March 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Lander was found guilty in U. S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, of one count of mail fraud, 11 counts of money laundering and three counts of principal to mail fraud, all federal felonies. (Case No. SC10-385)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Robin A. Kobacker  Category: Lawyers

Address

1335 N.E. 12th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following a Feb. 15 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1987) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Kobacker appeared to be causing great public harm by misappropriating client trust funds or property. In 1999 Kobacker received $250,000 from a client to be placed in a bank account in St. Kitts. Kobacker subsequently lied to the client and The Florida Bar about the whereabouts of the money, which she had placed with an arbitrage firm. The client never recovered the money. (Case No. SC10-236)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Tolly Albert Kennon III  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 34006
Charlotte
North Carolina/ Florida, 
County: unavailable
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following a March 4 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Kennon appeared to be causing great public harm by giving legal advice to unrepresented persons whose interest had a possibility of being in conflict with those of his client; acting to unlawfully obstruct another party\'s access to evidence; and counseling a witness to leave the jurisdiction for the purpose of being unavailable. Kennon had previously been suspended from the practice of law in North Carolina and before the U. S. Court of Appeals. (Case No. SC09-2152)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Joseph J. Imperato  Category: Lawyers

Address

1320 N.W. 14th St
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred on consent, effective 30 days from a Feb. 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Imperato was charged in U.S. District Court with knowingly and intentionally distributing oxycodone, a controlled substance, in Miami-Dade County. (Case No. SC10-210)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  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
Suspended until further order, following a March 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1978) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Hayes appeared to be causing great public harm by misappropriating client or third party funds for his own purposes. (Case No. SC10-355)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Romulo Fredrick  Category: Lawyers

Address

132 Kings Way
West Palm Beach
Florida, 
County: Palm Beach
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
He is to receive a public reprimand following a March 4 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1991) During the course of representing clients, Fredrick threatened criminal charges to gain advantage in a civil case. (Case No. SC09-1474)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Douglas Edward Carey  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 1341
Windermere
Florida, 
County: Orange
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following a March 9 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2004) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Carey appeared to be causing great public harm by misappropriating funds from his trust account. (Case No. SC10-383)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Paul Stanley Boone  Category: Lawyers

Address

9425 Conifer Road
Jacksonville
Florida, 
County: Duval
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for one year, effective 30 days from a Feb. 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1982) Boone admitted to touching a client inappropriately. (Case No. SC10-194)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   James Arthur Bond  Category: Lawyers

Address

2504 S.E. Willoughby Blvd.
Stuart
Florida, 
County: Martin
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred on consent, effective immediately, following an April 15 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1981) Bond had a shortage of at least $150,0000 in his trust account. He failed to maintain minimum trust account records and he failed to follow minimum trust accounting guidelines. (Case No. SC09-1888)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Ann Bitterman  Category: Lawyers

Address

3721 S. Le Jeune Road
Coconut Grove
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred following a Feb. 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) In 2004, Bitterman was suspended for 91 days and placed on probation for three years. She violated the suspension order by misrepresenting her status as an attorney, and gaining private access to a prisoner in jail. When the inmate refused to sign a lease agreement conveying a vehicle to her, Bitterman used her Florida Bar identification card at the impound lot to show she was the attorney of the prisoner, so she could take possession of the car. (Case No. SC07-1071)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Nathaniel Joe Birdsong III  Category: Lawyers

Address

9050 Pines Blvd., Suite 300
Pembroke Pines
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for three years effective retroactive to Oct. 1, 2007, following a Feb. 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1999) Birdsong was hired to handle a discrimination claim. As a result of Birdsongís failure to take appropriate action, the case was dismissed. Birdsong failed to communicate with the client regarding the status of the case. He also failed to inform the client of his subsequent suspension from The Florida Bar. (Case No. SC09-1696)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Alain Armand  Category: Lawyers

Address

9569 SW 1st Court
Coral Springs
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for six months, effective immediately, following a March 4 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) Armand was retained to represent a client in a civil case. On numerous occasions, the client attempted to communicate with Armand by letter and phone regarding the status of the case, and Armand failed to respond. Armand also failed to keep the client apprised of motions that had been filed and the orders entered while he was the attorney of record. (Case No. SC09-1465)
Date Posted: July 25, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Esteban Anderson, Jr.  Category: Lawyers

Address

12555 Biscayne Blvd., #911
North Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/ Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order, following a Feb. 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Anderson appeared to be causing great public harm by misappropriating client funds. (Case No. SC10-317)
Date Posted: April 22, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Linnie Charles Williams  Category: Lawyers

Address

1650 Margaret St., Suite 302
Jacksonville
Florida, 
County: Duval
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following a December 23, 2009, court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) In Dec. 2007, Williams was suspended from practicing law for one year. Williams failed to pay the costs associated with his suspension and he continued to practice law while suspended. (Case No. SC09-1738)
Date Posted: April 22, 2010  Action Line Complaint:   Lane Waring Vaughn  Category: Lawyers

Address

6006 Chrystell Lane
Houston
Texas/ Florida, 
County: unavailable
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for three years, effective 30 days from a Feb. 1 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Vaughn was found in contempt of court by two separate courts for his willful refusal to pay child support, having the financial ability to pay. (Case No. SC08-1746)

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