Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Florida Supreme Court has rejected as unduly lenient a proposed 90-day suspension and instead ordered a one-year suspension for an attorney's misconduct in an immigration matter and subsequent malpractice suit:
Here, Respondent accepted a substantial fee from his client but did not perform notable work in furtherance of that representation. He also misused his client's funds by twice traveling to Brazil, once for no apparent case-related reason and once as unnecessary to obtain the information sought.
He also failed to ciommunicate with the clients. In the malpractice case, he failed to produce documents, did not appear for a deposition and filed frivolous interrogatory responses.
The court also held that denying costs to the Bar was an abuse of discretion. (Mike Frisch)