Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Florida Supreme Court disapproved the proposed sanction of a referee and directed that the attorney receive a public reprimand with probation of one year. A concurring opinion notes that the attorney is being disciplined for using the trade name "Legal Experts" since 1996 and that the name is misleading. The attorney may only call himself an expert in areas of certified expertise.
A dissent would not find the designation to be misleading. The attorney is a board-certified specialist in civil trial law. According to the dissent, the attorney "has been caught in the tangled morass of problematic rules created by this Court and the Florida Bar in the march for certification of lawyers as 'experts'." The dissent does not approve of the attorney's conduct but rather the permitted use of the term "expert" at all. (Mike Frisch)