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Category Archives: Bar Complaints Grievances

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Florida Bar Association: Ticket “App” is Practicing Law Without a License

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

You must have a license to practice law in Florida—but what constitutes the “practice of law” is not always clear. Modern technology has created some additional confusion. According to reporting from Bloomberg Law, the Florida Supreme Court will soon decide if a commercial “ticket app” was improperly practicing law without a license in Florida…. Read More »

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Three Reasons Why Representing Yourself Against a Bar Complaint Could Be a Serious Mistake

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Are you facing a bar complaint from a current or former client? If so, the complaint could put a tremendous amount of pressure and strain on you and your legal practice. You need to know how to navigate the process and protect your career. As explained by The Florida Bar, complaints and other attorney… Read More »

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What to Expect During the Grievance Committee in Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Whenever lawyers are put on notice that they are being investigated through the Florida Bar Disciplinary Process, their case may proceed to the Grievance Committee for further investigation. For many, the word “Grievance” does not make it sound like something good is about to happen. So, what is it and what should lawyers expect… Read More »

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Former Governor Mike Huckabee has Filed a Bar Complaint Against Florida Lawyer in Twitter Dispute

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from The Daily Beast, Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate, has filed a bar complaint against a Florida attorney over a tweet. The complaint—which can be accessed online—alleges that a Santa Rosa Beach, FL lawyer violated professional rules of conduct by sending a disparaging tweet. For his part,… Read More »

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Judge: Miami Law Firm’s Contingency Fee Ruled ‘Excessive’

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On October 16th, 2019, a United States Bankruptcy Court judge ruled that a Miami law firm’s fees were “excessive”, declining to enforce a lien against a legal recovery. The case (In re: Miami Beverley, LLC) centered around a creditor—Miami Development & Holdings LLC—that switched its legal counsel in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings. Excessive… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Finds Lawyer Guilty of Professional Misconduct—Rejects a Referee’s Conclusions

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On November 7th, 2019, the Florida Supreme Court overturned the decision of an independent referee, which found a Miami-based criminal defense lawyer not guilty of professional misconduct.  In the case of The Florida Bar v. Jonathan Stephen Schwartz, the state’s highest court disapproved of a referee’s findings, determining that she misapplied an ethical rule…. Read More »

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Florida Lawyer Faces Suspension for Missing Deadlines, Failing to Respond to Client

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the Florida Record, a Broward County, FL lawyer is facing a suspension for missing key statutory deadlines and failing to adequately communicate with a client. Indeed, the lawyer is now facing a 90-day suspension and a subsequent three-year probation from the Florida Bar Association. Here, our West Palm Beach bar… Read More »

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South Florida Lawyer Warns Other Legal Professionals Against Being “Too Trusting”

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from Law.com, a West Palm Beach, Florida attorney had her license to practice law suspended for three years. The disciplinary action came after her former bookkeeper allegedly stole more than $150,000 from her law firm. In reviewing the proceedings, the Florida Supreme Court found that this attorney took immediate action to… Read More »

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