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Date Posted: May 1, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Benjamin Hines Haire  Category: Lawyers

Address

1125 N.W. 66th Terrace
Margate
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred for five years, effective immediately, following a June 5 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1980) In two separate cases in 2006, Haire was hired to represent clients. He accepted fees for the representation and subsequently failed to communicate with them. When one client went to Haire\'s office to speak with him, he learned that Haire had been evicted and left no forwarding address or telephone number. Haire also failed to respond to inquiries from The Florida Bar regarding the cases. (Case SC07-1817)
Date Posted: May 1, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Donald Robert Goodwin  Category: Lawyers

Address

625 Antioch Ave., Apt. 409
Fort Lauderdale
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Goodwin is to receive a public reprimand from the Florida Bar\'s Board of Governors following a May 15 court order. Goodwin is further ordered to attend The Florida Bar\'s Professionalism Workshop. (Admitted to practice: 1999) Goodwin was found guilty of intentionally failing to appear in court, leaving clients unrepresented at hearings and causing case delays. Goodwin neglected to meet or speak with another client during the entire period he represented him. (Case No. SC07-481 and SC07-785)
Date Posted: May 1, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Spencer Anthony Emison  Category: Lawyers

Address

1001 Brickell Bay Drive, Suite 1200
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following a May 15 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1990) Emison neglected specific legal matters and abandoned his law practice, without proper notice to his clients. In one case, Emison\'s neglect led to a default judgment against a client for $372,585.60 and seizures of goods and equipment at his business. Emison failed to respond to Bar inquiries and he did not appear at the final hearing despite proper notice. (Case No. SC07-1537)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Ana-Maria Carnesoltas  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 47423
Saint Petersburg
Florida, 
County: Pinellas
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Carnesoltas is to receive a public reprimand from The Florida Bar\'s Board of Governors, following a May 15 court order. She is further ordered to attend The Florida Bar\'s anger management workshop. (Admitted to practice: 1979) Carnesoltas plead guilty to charges that she referred to a witness in a court hearing as a liar. When questioned about it by the presiding judge, she denied making the comment. Carnesoltas later admitted to it. (Case No. SC08-533)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   William Rudolph Boose, III  Category: Lawyers

Address

515 N. Flagler Drive, Suite 1900
West Palm Beach
Florida, 
County: Palm Beach
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for three years, effective retroactive to Aug. 3, 2007, following a May 15 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1969) Boose plead guilty to a felony in July 2007. In January, he was sentenced to 24 months in prison, a $25,000 fine and one year of supervised release. Additionally, he has forfeited $400,000 as part of the plea agreement. (Case No. SC07-1406)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Ann Bitterman  Category: Lawyers

Address

3721 S. Le Jeune Road
Coconut Grove
Florida, 
County: Miami/Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for six months, effective immediately, following a May 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) In September 2004, Bitterman was suspended for 91 days and placed on probation for three years. Bitterman violated the terms of her probation. She has six prior disciplines dating back to 1996. (Case No. SC06-957)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Douglas Wayne Baker  Category: Lawyers

Address

3137 Curving Oaks Way
Orlando
Florida, 
County: Orange
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from a May 12 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) In April 2006, Baker received a public reprimand and was placed on probation for an indefinite period of time for issues related to substance abuse. The terms of his probation included following all recommendations by Florida Lawyers Assistance,Inc. and paying a registration fee of $250 and a probation monitoring fee of $100 per month to The Florida Bar. Baker failed to comply. (Case No. SC07-967)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Vincent Paul Andreano  Category: Lawyers

Address

11413 N.W. 20th Court
Coral Springs
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for one year, effective 30 days from a May 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) Andreano plead guilty to several charges. As the closing attorney for a house purchased by a client in 2007, Andreano accepted closing fees to cover the transaction and collected money from the seller for costs related to the deed filing. When the client attempted to mortgage the house five months later, she learned that the sale was not recorded, the house was still in the seller\\\'s name and there was a lien on the property. Andreano tried to correct his errors by forging the seller\\\'s signature in a quit-claim deed filed with the court. He paid the client the fees in dispute in exchange for a letter withdrawing the Bar complaint. Andreano never responded to The Florida Bar\\\'s request for a response to the allegations. (Case No. SC08-74)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Carl K. Zolezzi Jr.  Category: Lawyers

Address

199 Tyler Ave. Apt. 2
Cape Canaveral
Florida, 
County: Brevard
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for one year, effective retroactively to November 29, 2007, following an April 17 court order, and ordered to pay restitution of $2,500 to a client. (Admitted to practice: 1974) In January 2006, Zolezzi was retained by a client regarding a criminal matter and paid $2,500. In February 2006, Zolezzi was arrested on charges of sale and possession of cocaine. Thereafter, Zolezzi performed minimal work on his client\'s behalf. The client retained new counsel to handle the matter and requested a full refund. In September, Zolezzi pled no contest to felony cocaine possession. (Case No. SC07-2217)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Stephen Leonard Ziegler  Category: Lawyers

Address

1401 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following an April 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) In September 2007, Ziegler was found guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, a felony. Ziegler was sentenced to 60 months in prison and three years probation. He was ordered by the trial court to pay restitution of $826,839,642. (Case No. SC07-1929)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Kristine W. Valentine-Miller  Category: Lawyers

Address

204 NW 3rd Ave.
Ocala
Florida, 
County: Marion
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred following a Jan. 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) In June 2006, Valentine-Miller was suspended on an emergency basis, and in October, 2006, The Florida Bar filed an amended complaint against her, alleging more than 20 violations. Valentine-Miller is accused of using client funds and failing to manage her accounts properly. During 2004 and 2005, she neglected numerous clients by failing to diligently pursue their cases. Her poor record-keeping and maintenance of files, many of which are missing, made it impossible to determine the exact total of client funds converted. An audit by The Florida Bar for February 2004 to February 2006 determined that the total owed clients was no less than $31,416.41 and no more than $51.291.41. (Case No. SC06-1629)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Steven M. Siegel  Category: Lawyers

Address

2814 N. 46th Ave., Apt. H677
Hollywood
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended effective 30 days from the date of a March 24 order. (Admitted to practice: 1995) In February, in the circuit court of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County), Siegel was found guilty of one count of attempt to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child using an Internet service to commit a sexual offense, a felony. (Case No. SC08-548)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Scott Alan Salomon  Category: Lawyers

Address

11555 Heron Bay Blvd., Suite 200
Coral Springs
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Salomon is to receive a public reprimand from The Florida Bar\'s Board of Governors, following an April 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1992) Salomon pled guilty to failing to diligently represent his client. On numerous occasions, Salomon failed to appear at court proceedings for the client, even those he scheduled. (Case No. SC07-50)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   David Jon Russ  Category: Lawyers

Address

7200 SW 8th Ave., Apt. 86
Gainesville
Florida, 
County: Alachua
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended effective immediately, following an April 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Russ was found guilty of a third- degree felony, driving under the influence the third in 10 years, as well as three related misdemeanors. Russ is currently serving a three-year suspension as a result of another case. (Case No. SC08-691)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Robert Alvarez Rudolph  Category: Lawyers

Address

8027 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred, effective immediately, following a March 6 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) Rudolph will also pay restitution of $2,500 to one client. In June 2005, Rudolph was paid $2,500 by a couple as a retainer to file a post-conviction motion. In November of the same year, Rudolph spoke with the clients and told them that a post conviction motion was being finalized and would be filed shortly. It was never filed. The clients made numerous requests for Rudolph to provide billing invoices, but Rudolph neglected to do so. He has a past discipline history of three admonishments and two suspensions. (Case No. SC07-364)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Joseph Raymond Rowe Jr.  Category: Lawyers

Address

P.O. Box 272066
Tampa
Florida, 
County: Hillsborough
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from an April 24 order. (Admitted to practice: 1991) In March 2006 the Florida Supreme Court suspended Rowe for 30 days and placed him on probation for two years. Rowe was to attend ethics school within six months of the date of the order and to undergo an office procedures and record-keeping analysis under the direction of the Law Office Management Assistance Service of The Florida Bar. Rowe neglected to attend ethics school and failed to contact LOMAS to schedule a review. (Case No. SC07-956)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Jerry Arthur Riggs Sr.  Category: Lawyers

Address

1926 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 314
Hollywood
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred, retroactive to May 7, 2005, following an April 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) Riggs must also pay restitution of $2,000 to one client. In March 2006, Riggs was hired by a client for a real estate case, and was paid $2,000. In April 2005, Riggs was suspended from practicing law on an emergency basis in a separate matter. Riggs continued to practice law and neglected to immediately furnish his clients, opposing counsel and the courts with a copy of his suspension order. As of the effective date of his suspension, Riggs had also failed to perform the services for which he was paid. (Case No. SC07-1125)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Juan Carlos Perez  Category: Lawyers

Address

1568 Normandy Drive
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for six months, effective immediately, following an April 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1988) In September 2006, Perez was suspended for one year and ordered to accept no new business until the suspension expired. Despite the order from the Florida Supreme Court, Perez accepted new business in October 2006 and did not notify the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Osceola County of his impending suspension until more than one month later. (Case No. SC07-415)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Jeffrey George Paster  Category: Lawyers

Address

80 Main St.
West Orange
New Jersey/ Florida, 
County: unavailable
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred effective immediately, following an April 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1975) In March 2007, the Supreme Court of New Jersey disbarred Paster. One complainant accused Paster of failing to timely release trust funds. Another said Paster coerced her into loaning him $15,000 from her equitable distribution being held in his trust account. An investigative audit revealed that from March 2003 until August 2006, Paster misappropriated client funds for his own personal use. (Case No. SC07-2151)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Paul Richard Parker  Category: Lawyers

Address

3203 Pleasant Hill Road
Lynn Haven
Florida, 
County: Bay
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Permanently disbarred effective immediately, following a March 27 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) In September 2007, Parker pled guilty to three felony counts of using a child in a sexual performance and 75 related counts of child pornography. He was sentenced to 14 years incarceration, to be followed by 14 years probation. (Case No. SC07-2397)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Gary Mark Mills  Category: Lawyers

Address

5732 Via De La Plata Circle
Delray Beach
Florida, 
County: Palm Beach
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended, effective 30 days from a May 2 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1995) Mills pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, a felony. In April, Mills was sentenced to 46 months in prison. (Case No. SC08-833)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Robert Joseph Locker  Category: Lawyers

Address

825 W. Linebaugh Ave.
Tampa
Florida, 
County: Hillsborough
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 36 months, effective retroactive to Sept. 20, 2007, following an April 24 order. (Admitted to practice: 1994) As a condition of reinstatement, Locker shall complete The Florida Bar\'s Trust Accounting Workshop. Upon reinstatement, Locker will be placed on probation for three years. Twelve cases were consolidated in the complaint before the court. Locker essentially abandoned his practice, failing to appear for court dates. He successfully completed residential treatment for substance abuse and is now in aftercare. Locker entered into a three-year contract in February with the Florida Lawyers Assistance program. (Case No. SC07-1962)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Michael T. Kovach Sr.  Category: Lawyers

Address

105 N. Seminole Ave.
Inverness
Florida, 
County: Citrus
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred for 10 years, effective immediately, following an April 24 order. (Admitted to practice: 1973) Kovach intentionally converted client funds for his personal use. Several transactions had no client identification associated with them and his wife, a non-lawyer, had signatory authority on the trust account. The overdrawn balance of Kovach\'s ledger card totaled $77,968.12. (Case No. SC07-2214)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Theodore William Herzog  Category: Lawyers

Address

1101 Simonton St
Key West
Florida, 
County: Monroe
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred, effective immediately, following an April 24 court order and ordered to pay restitution to all persons whose funds have been embezzled prior to seeking readmission. (Admitted to practice: 1972) In September 2005, Herzog received $44,442.79 from a client to settle a labor dispute with 25 employees. He deposited the funds in his escrow account. Between October and December of that year, Herzog issued 19 checks from his client\'s funds, made payable to himself, totaling $44,150.00 and leaving a balance of $114.55. Only two of his client\'s employees were paid. An audit of Herzog\'s records found similar occurrences involving numerous other clients. (Case No. SC08-199)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Martin James Hannah  Category: Lawyers

Address

1515 N. University Drive Suite 231
Coral Springs
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred, effective 30 days from an April 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1981) Hannah has repeatedly failed to comply with Florida Bar rules, made false statements and engaged in deceptive practices. Since 2001, he misappropriated trust account funds and used the property of others for his own benefit. Hannah also engaged in a pattern of neglecting clients and failing to respond to communications from The Florida Bar. (Case No. SC07-2155)
Date Posted: April 30, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Joseph Sailor Garwood  Category: Lawyers

Address

3232 Albert Drive
Tallahassee
Florida, 
County: Leon
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended effective 30 days from a May 6 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1991) In December 2007, Garwood was found guilty by a jury of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, battery and resisting an officer without violence. He was sentenced to 24 months probation. (Case No. SC08-838)
Date Posted: April 29, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Edward Thomas Dinna  Category: Lawyers

Address

719 Intracoastal Drive
Fort Lauderdale
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Dinna is to receive a public reprimand from The Florida Bar\'s Board of Governors and directed to attend a trust accounting workshop, following an April 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1988) Dinna was selected to take over a malpractice case after the original attorney was suspended from practicing law. Dinna hired the suspended attorney to work for him as a paralegal on the case, but failed to properly supervise him. In another case, Dinna took the videotaped deposition of a confidential informant (without effectively notifying the state) and allowed the criminal defendant (his client) to be present in violation of The Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure. He also attempted to intimidate the witnesses. Finally, Dinna failed to maintain required minimum trust accounting records. (Case Nos. SC07-1152, SC07-1156 and SC07-1161)
Date Posted: April 29, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Marc Francis Desiderio  Category: Lawyers

Address

3100 N. Ocean Blvd., Apt. 1710
Fort Lauderdale
Florida, 
County: Broward
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Disbarred, retroactive to Oct. 22, 2007, following an April 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) In January 2006, Desiderio was indicted by a federal grand jury. In July 2007 he pled guilty to money laundering conspiracy. Desiderio was sentenced to 41 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release. (Case No. SC07-1930)
Date Posted: April 29, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Ruben L. De Leon  Category: Lawyers

Address

561 NE 79th St., Suite 204
Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended until further order of the court, following a March 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1980) The Florida Bar petition for emergency suspension states that De Leon submitted 20 fraudulent final judgments for dissolution of marriage to a court. Twelve of the final judgments falsely purported to be signed by a particular judge. Three additional final judgments bore the forged signatures of three other judges and case numbers belonging to other matters. Several of the clients said they\'d remitted fees to De Leon\'s office, were subsequently advised by De Leon or an associate that their divorces were final and received proof of the final judgment of dissolution. All believed they were legally divorced. (Case No. SC08-491)
Date Posted: April 29, 2009  Action Line Complaint:   Marty Earl Davis  Category: Lawyers

Address

609 NE 127th St.
North Miami
Florida, 
County: Miami/Dade
  Phone Number Unavailble
Overview
Suspended for 90 days, effective 30 days from an April 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Davis obtained a mortgage to refinance a personal residence. In several documents related to the purchase and the mortgage, Davis signed the name of a witness who was not present and did not authorize him to use his name. Davis also used the same individual\'s notary stamp on one of the documents to verify his own signature, without consent. (Case No. SC09-634)

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