Friday, December 1, 2023

Florida Men

From the December 2023 Florida Bar discipline summaries

Leon Menas Boyajan, II, 2303 Highway 44 W., Inverness, suspended for one year, effective 30 days following a November 2 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Boyajan engaged in a pattern of neglect and lack of communication in multiple matters. He also engaged in a conflict of interest when he consulted with three co-defendants regarding their criminal matter, and then represented two of the three co-defendants in the matter. With Boyajan’s assistance, the state obtained proffers from his clients implicating the third co-defendant in the crime, who was also a former client of Boyajan’s. Boyajan failed to explain the advantages and risks involved or obtain his clients’ informed consent with regard to the joint representation, and never sought waivers of the conflict of interest. (Case No. SC23-0630)

Michael Thomas Dolce, 3228 Gun Club Rd., West Palm Beach, disciplinary revocation without leave to apply for readmission effective 30 days following a November 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1995) On or about April 4, 2023, Michael Thomas Dolce was criminally charged by indictment with possession of material containing child pornography. The criminal case disposition is pending. (Case No. SC23-1365)

Joseph Anthony Sorce, 999 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Suite 1020, Coral Gables, suspended for two years, effective nunc pro tunc to August 7, 2023. (Admitted to practice: 1994) Sorce pled no contest to charges of felony reckless driving with serious bodily injury, possession of cocaine, and two counts of misdemeanor DUI. Adjudication was withheld as to the felony charges, and Sorce was sentenced to five years of probation. (Case No. SC23-1100)

Michael M. Stover, 134 Masters Dr., St. Augustine, suspended for six days followed by a three-year period of probation effective 30 days following a November 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2015) Stover was arrested for the purchase of illegal narcotics in exchange for legal services. The Office of the State Attorney charged Stover with purchasing or possessing with intent to purchase a controlled substance, a third-degree felony. Stover entered into a Pretrial Intervention (PTI) Contract with the State, which he successfully completed. The State Attorney’s Office filed a Notice of Completion of Pre-Trial Intervention Agreement and Nolle Prosequi dismissing the criminal charges based on Stover’s completion of the PTI contract. (Case No. SC23-1204)

(Mike Frisch)

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