April 15, 2004 Disciplinary Actions

first_img Disciplinary Actions April 15, 2004 Disciplinary Actions April 15, 2004 Disciplinary Actionscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended seven attorneys, disbarred six, reprimanded three, and accepted the resignation of two attorneys.The following lawyers are disciplined: Dominick Amento, 350 Cypress Drive, Lake Park, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective retroactive to February 28, 2002, following a December 18, 2003 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1985) At the time of Amento’s resignation, he was under investigation for a criminal conviction for failing to report child abuse. (Case no. SC03-1944) Joseph M. Barisic, 1680 Michigan Ave., Ste. 1001, Miami Beach, suspended by emergency order from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a January 5 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1999) A review of Barisic’s bank records revealed that there is clear, convincing and undeniable evidence that he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of clients’ funds. (Case no. SC03-2180) Joseph Nathaniel Baron, P.O. Box 532118, Orlando, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a December 18, 2003 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1971) Among several Bar violations, Baron failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to hold in trust funds belonging to a client that were in his possession in connection with the representation; neglected to comply with The Florida Bar Rules Regulating Trust Accounts; failed to comply with reasonable requests for information; and for failure to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation. (Case nos. SC03-490 and SC03-1009) Donald Young Bennett, 1800 Second St., Ste. 717, Sarasota, suspended from practicing law in Florida for nine months, effective retroactive to October 3, 2003, following a January 22 court order. Additionally, Bennett must contact Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. within 30 days from the order. ( Admitted to practice: 1975) Bennett engaged in the practice of law while he was a delinquent member of the Bar and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-1534) Robert William Boyd, 1813 Baillie Glass Lane, Orlando, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective immediately following a January 22 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1976) Boyd pled guilty to felony charges of engaging in a conspiracy to commit securities fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. (Case no. SC03-1932) Thomas William Dickson, 120 Heritage Court, Roswell, Ga., reprimanded for professional misconduct following a December 11, 2003 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) Dickson failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC02-2567) Robert Jay Fenstersheib, 520 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a December 18, 2003 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Among several Bar violations, Fenstersheib failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; neglected to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; and failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation. (Case nos. SC03-384 and SC03-492) Steven K. Grover, 868 99th Ave. N., Ste. 1, Naples, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a January 15 court order. Prior to reinstatement , Grover must be evaluated by Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Among several Bar violations, Grover failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel; violated or attempted to violate The Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or done so through the acts of another; and failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. (Case no. SC03-1745) Bruce Lee Hollander, 901 S. State Road 7, Ste. 360, Hollywood, disbarred from practicing law in Florida for five years, effective retroactive to November 17, 2002, following a December 18, 2003 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1973) On or about November 20, 2001, Hollander was convicted, by jury verdict, of one count of conspiracy, five counts of wire fraud, six counts of making false statements, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, felonies, and was sentenced to 51 months in prison. (Case no. SC03-109) Michael Andrew Jones, P.O. Box 1881, Englewood, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a January 22 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Jones was disbarred by the Supreme Court of Georgia on January 13, 2003 for converting the funds of 11 clients. Among several Bar violations, Jones violated or attempted to violate The Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or through the acts of another; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC03-733) Barry Jay Marcus, 7951 S.W. Sixth St., Plantation, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a January 22 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1990) Among several Bar violations, Marcus failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and neglected to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation. (Case no. SC03-1082) Keith Aloysius Martin, 2331 N. State Road. 7, Ste. 222, Lauderhill, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a January 22 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1996) Among several Bar violations, Martin neglected to comply with The Florida Bar Rules Regulating Trust Accounts; committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer; engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice; failed to provide competent representation to a client; and failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. (Case nos. SC03-704, SC03-1098, SC03-1221, SC03-1536) Steven Edward Mirsky, One Church St., Ste. 802, Rockville, Md., suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective 30 days following a January 8 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1979) Among several Bar violations, Mirsky failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; neglected to comply with The Florida Bar Rules Regulating Trust Accounts; committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC03-484) John Arthur Racin, 10850 S. U.S. Highway 1, Port St. Lucie, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a November 20, 2003 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1995) Among several Bar violations, Racin failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to make reasonable efforts to ensure that the law firm in which he was a partner or shareholder had in effect measures giving reasonable assurance that all lawyers therein conform to The Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct; and failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation. (Case no. SC03-451) Paul James Schlegel, 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Ste. 910, Ft. Lauderdale, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following a December 11, 2003 court order. Additionally, Schlegel must attend The Florida Bar’s Trust Account Workshop. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) Among several Bar violations, Schlegel failed to comply with The Florida Bar Rules Regulating Trust Accounts and entered into a business transaction with a client or knowingly acquired an ownership, possessory, security or other pecuniary interest adverse to a client. (Case no. SC03-905) Dennis L. Stewart, P.O. Box 50970, Summerville, S.C., suspended from practicing law in Florida for three years, effective immediately following a January 8 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1981) On or about September 11, 2001, Stewart plead guilty to one count of making a false statement on a HUD-1 settlement statement, a felony, and was sentenced to 33 months in prison. (Case no. SC02-940) Jan Peter Weiss, 370 Camino Gardens Blvd., #342, Boca Raton, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 60 days, effective retroactive to December 19, 2003, following a January 15 court order. Furthermore, Weiss will be placed on probation for three years, beginning December 19, 2003. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Among several Bar violations, Weiss committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. (SC03-1531) Robert Michael Zieja, 4611 S.W. 30th Way, Ft. Lauderdale, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a January 8 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1982) Zieja failed to comply with The Florida Bar Rules Regulating Trust Accounts; counseled a client to engage, or assisted a client, in conduct that he knew or reasonably should have known is criminal or fraudulent; knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of a tribunal except for an open refusal based on an assertion that no valid obligation exists; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (SC03-945) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline.last_img read more