March 1, 2006 Disciplinary Actions

first_imgMarch 1, 2006 Disciplinary Actions March 1, 2006 Disciplinary Actions Disciplinary Actionscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined the following lawyers: Peter Victor Calviera, P.O. Box 1082, Boca Raton, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a December 1, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1984) Calviera violated the Rules of Professional Conduct; failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct; and willfully refused to timely pay a child support obligation. (Case no. SC05-900) Christopher Laing Clark, P.O. Box 279025, Miramar, suspended from practicing law for 30 days, effective 30 days following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) Clark failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct; and knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of a tribunal. (Case no. SC05-818) Lori Coreen Desnick, 999 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Ste 1110, Coral Gables, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 45 days, retroactive to August 26, 2005,, following a January 26 court order. Desnick is further placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1997) Desnick engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct and committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on her honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. (Case no. SC05-474) Jason Alexander Diamond, 4421 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, suspended from practicing law in Florida for three days, effective 30 days following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1995) Diamond violated advertising rules. (Case no. SC05-1615) Joseph A. Ferrara, 22764 Marbella Cir., Boca Raton, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 45 days, effective 30 days following a December 1, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1956) Among several Bar violations, Ferrara engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct; violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC05-2029) Peter Timothy Flood, 125 Airport Rd. S., Naples, suspended from practicing law for 30 days, effective 30 days following a September 1, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1984) Flood failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; and violated the Rules of Professional Conduct. (Case no. SC04-2120) Jerome Eugene Goldman, 4521 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective immediately following a December 22 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) At the time of resignation, Goldman had a case pending at the referee level. (Case no. SC05-1672) Leonardo Jorge Guerra, 2140 W. 68th St., Ste. 200, Hialeah, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after three years, following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1998) At the time of resignation, Guerra had one case pending at the Supreme Court and one complaint pending at the investigative level. (Case no. SC05-2088) Paul Joseph Healy, P.O. Box 459, Pembroke, MA, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a September 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) Healy engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that was prejudicial to the administration of justice; failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct; and violated the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts. (Case no. SC05-204) Stanley Hyman, P.O. Box 480458, Delray Beach, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a September 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1979) Among several Bar violations, Hyman engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and used information relating to representation of a client to the disadvantage of the client. (Case no. SC01-2675) Jeffrey Thomas Kipi, 605 Crescent Executive Ct., Ste. 122, Lake Mary, suspended from practicing law on an emergency basis, effective 30 days following a September 29, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1986) There is clear and convincing evidence that Kipi appeared to be causing great public harm by allegedly misappropriating client funds. (Case no. SC05-1679) Carlos E. Morales, 5399 NW 36th Ave., Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida on an emergency basis, effective 30 days following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) There is clear and convincing evidence that Morales appears to be causing great public harm by allegedly neglecting his clients. (Case no. SC06-21) Robelto Antonio Osborne, 1999 SW 27th Ave., Fl. 1, Miami, suspended from practicing law, effective 30 days from December 23, 2005,, following a December 29, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1999) On or about June 10, 2005,, Osborne pled guilty to four counts of unlicensed practice of a health care profession and was sentenced to two years community control followed by three years probation. (Case no. SC05-2296) Maria Lara Peet, 2107 Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a December 15, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) Peet violated the terms of her probation in SC02-182 and failed to comply with the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts. (Case no. SC03-2042) Michael Tyrone Rayne, 327 Office Plaza, Ste. 106, Tallahassee, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 20 days, effective 30 days following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 2002) Rayne solicited professional employment from a prospective client with whom he had no family or prior professional relationship, when a significant motive for his doing so was his pecuniary gain. (Case no. SC05-2301) William Christian Rocker, 2906 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a December 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) Rocker engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct and committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. (Case no. SC04-446) Mitchell Lee Singer, 125 Main St., Netcong, N.J., suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days from December 2, 2005,, following a December 5, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1978) On Aug. 7, 2003, Singer pled guilty to two charges of grand larceny in the third degree and was disbarred by the Supreme Court of the State of New York. (Case no. SC05-2133) Paul Dunlop Srygley, 1266 Cedar Center Dr., Tallahassee, suspended from practicing law for 60 days, effective 30 days following a January 26 order. Upon reinstatement, Srygley is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Srygley failed to pay membership fees; violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another; and continued to practice law while retired, resigned, inactive, or delinquent. (Case nos. SC04-1667 & SC05-242) Peter Paul Starson Jr., 1293 S. Beverly Glen Blvd., Apt. 106, Los Angeles, CA, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a September 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) Among several Bar violations, Starson committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects; engaged in conduct involving fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; 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. SC04-2085) Charles David Svoboda, 1340 Gulf Blvd., Apt. 7A, Clearwater Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective 30 days following a September 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1985) Among several Bar violations, Svoboda failed to provide a client with competent representation; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; 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. SC05-1477) Mark David Swanson, 169 E. Flagler St., Ste. 1433, Miami, suspended from practicing law for 15 days, effective 30 days following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1984) Among several Bar violations, Swanson engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing 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 no. SC05-1092) Sharon P. Talbot, 258 Seminole Ave., Apt. 1, Palm Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a September 8, 2005, order. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) Talbot entered into a business transaction with a client or knowingly acquired an ownership, possessory, security, or other pecuniary interest adverse to a client; made a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC05-757) William James Thompson, 9696 Bonita Beach Road, Ste. 201, Bonita Springs, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a December 1, 2005, court order. Thompson is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1998) Thompson violated the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts. (Case no. SC05-2022) Christopher Gary Lynn Titus, P.O. Box 384, Marlette, MI, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, without leave to seek readmission, effective immediately following a December 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) At the time of resignation, Titus was the subject of a probable cause finding on one case and had another case pending at the staff level of investigation. (Case no. SC05-1838) Michael James Valen, 601 N. Baylen St., Pensacola, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective immediately following a September 8, 2005, court order. Upon reinstatement, Valen shall be placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) On July 20, 2004, Valen pled no contest to two felony offenses: conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell/manufacture. On August 24, 2004, Valen was placed on probation for two years after completing one year of community control and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and to successfully complete a Florida Bar substance abuse program. (Case no. SC05-1057) Larry Kay White, 1501 E. Park Ave., Tallahassee, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 60 days, effective 30 days following a December 1, 2005, court order. Upon reinstatement, White is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1975) Among several Bar violations, White failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing 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 no. SC05-1909) Madonna H. Whittaker, P.O. Box 160492, Altamonte Springs, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a September 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1993) Among several Bar violations, Whittaker failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into her conduct; engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice; and knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of the tribunal. (Case no. SC04-2281) 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

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