June 1, 2006 Disciplinary Actions

first_imgJune 1, 2006 Disciplinary Actions Disciplinary Actions June 1, 2006 Disciplinary Actionscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended 15, repremanded seven, and disbarred one attorneys.The following lawyers are disciplined: Margaret M. Anderson, 1707 20th St., Vero Beach, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a March 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1991) Among several Bar violations, Anderson engaged in conduct that was unlawful or contrary to honesty and justice; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that was prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC05-2135) Susan Lynn Eberle, 301 E. Pine St., Ste. 150, Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following a March 16 court order. Upon reinstatement, Eberle is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1985) Eberle failed to explain a matter to the extent necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into her conduct. (Case no. SC05-1155) Raquel Lynn Floyd, P.O. Box 5183, Hialeah, suspended from practicing law in Florida for six months, effective 30 days following a March 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1998) Among several Bar violations, Floyd failed to provide a client with competent representation; 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. (Case no. SC05-1582) R. Matthew Gentile, 3155 Jackson Ave., Coconut Grove, suspended from practicing law in Florida on an emergency basis, effective 30 days following a March 1 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 2000) There is clear and convincing evidence that Gentile appears to be causing great public harm. (Case no. SC06-325) Thomas Gordon Hersem, 1421 Court St., Ste. B, Clearwater, suspended from practicing law in Florida for two years, effective 30 days following a March 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1977) Hersem engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct; violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct; and violated some of the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts. (Case no. SC05-1226) Justin I. Hirsch, 3032 Center St., Coconut Grove, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a March 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1979) Hirsch practiced law in a jurisdiction where doing so violated the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction and knowingly made a false statement of material fact. (Case no. SC06-321) Larry Delton Houston, P.O. Box 208, Belleview, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective 30 days following a December 1, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1983) Among several Bar violations, Houston failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and failed to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation. (Case no. SC05-821) Mark Kevin Koenig, 400 Hibiscus St., Fl. 2, W. Palm Beach, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a March 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) Among several Bar violations, Koenig failed to provide competent representation to a client; violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC05-895) Richard Thomas Kozek, Jr., 7548 Bobcat Run, Port St. Lucie, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a March 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1991) Among several Bar violations, Kozek violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct; committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer; 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. SC05-1662) Kenneth T. Lange, 1125 NE 125th St., Ste. 301, N. Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a March 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1978) Lange entered into an agreement for, charged, or collected an illegal, prohibited, or clearly excessive fee or cost and represented a private client in connection with a matter in which he participated personally and substantially as a public officer or employee. (Case no. SC06-380) Jerry Lee Lovelace, 215 SE 46th St., Cape Coral, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a March 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) Among several Bar violations, Lovelace failed to provide competent representation to a client; 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. SC05-1158) Donald Frank Mintmire, 220 Sunrise Ave., Ste. 206, Palm Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a March 3 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1984) On or about Februaryruary 8, Mintmire was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment in a federal prison for his convictions of obstructing an official proceeding and conspiracy to obstruct justice, both felonies under federal law. (Case no. SC06-303) Barry Steven Mittelberg, 8100 N. University Dr., Ste. 102, Ft. Lauderdale, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective Februaryreary 17, following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1984) Mittelberg violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC05-548) Joseph Raymond Rowe, Jr., 1430 W. Busch Blvd., Ste. D, Tampa, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following a March 9 court order. Upon reinstatement, Rowe is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1991) Among several Bar violations, Rowe 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. SC04-1781) Jeffrey Alan Schwarz, 16375 NE 18th Ave., Ste. 321, N. Miami Beach, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a March 9 court order. Schwarz is further placed on probation for one year. ( Admitted to practice: 1976) Schwarz 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. SC05-646) Allen Ross Smith, P.O. Box 1032, Winter Haven, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective 30 days following a March 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1974) Among several Bar violations, Smith failed to comply with the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts; engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that was prejudicial to the administration of justice; and failed to make monthly reconciliations and comparisons. (Case no. SC05-1711) David M. Sostchin, 419 W. 49th St., Ste. 210, Hialeah, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a March 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1978) Sostchin engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct; violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC06-353) Linda Thompson, 915 W. Pennisular St., Tampa, suspended from practicing law in Florida for two years, effective 30 days following a March 16 court order. Upon reinstatement, Thompson is further placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1989) Thompson failed to act with diligence and promptness in representing a client; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, 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 her conduct. (Case no. SC05-1580) Robert Joseph Tieso, 4331 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 206, Ft. Lauderdale, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a March 6 court order. Tieso shall remain suspended until he has complied with the court’s order to show cause, issued January 23, and has also certified full compliance with the subpoenas duces tecum served upon him by the 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “D” on November 22, 2005. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) Tieso failed to show cause on or before February. 7 why he should not be held in contempt of Court and suspended for the reasons set forth in The Florida Bar’s petition. (Case no. SC06-43) Derek Michael Tyler, P.O Box 821421, Pembroke Pines, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a March 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1998) On or about November 4, 2004, Tyler was charged with one count of possession of controlled substance, a third degree felony. On or about November 21, 2005, Tyler entered a plea of nolo contendere, was adjudicated guilty, and sentenced. (Case no. SC06-427) James A. Walker, 7700 N. Kendall Dr., Ste. 404, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective March 8, following a March 9 court order. Upon reinstatement, Walker is further placed on probation for one year. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Among several Bar violations, Walker failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation. (Case no. SC05-1324) James Patrick Woods, 1416 E. Concord St., Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a March 30 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1996) Among several Bar violations, Woods failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; engaged in criminal misconduct; and failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation. (Case no. SC06-402) Stephanie Ann Yelenosky, 7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Ste. 50, Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for two years, effective retroactive to July 11, 2005, following a March 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) Yelenosky entered into an agreement for, charged, or collected an illegal, prohibited, or clearly excessive fee or cost; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that was prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC05-1098) 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

Governor Wolf Offers Support for Puerto Rico, Thanks City of Philadelphia for Coordinating Relief Efforts

first_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, Pa. – Governor Wolf expressed his support for the people of Puerto Rico today as they begin work to assess damage and recover from the devastating effects of both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.“Pennsylvania is proud to be home to more than 500,000 people of Puerto Rican ancestry; Philadelphia alone is home to more than 120,000 who hail from Puerto Rico, many of them with family members on the now-devastated island,” Governor Wolf said. “Our hearts go out to those affected here and in Puerto Rico. We offer our support to our fellow citizens during this extraordinary time. Puerto Ricans have fought and died for our country and now we owe our best to them as they fight to recover. ”Gov. Wolf also thanked the City of Philadelphia, Mayor Kenney, Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, State representatives Angel Cruz and Emilio Vasquez, and former Philadelphia City Councilman Angel Ortiz for their public effort to garner support and a coordinated relief effort for Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans living in Philadelphia at a press conference being held later today.“I’d also like to thank the members of my Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs; its members are engaged and involved in relief efforts amid concern for family members living on the island.”Five members of PA Task Force 1 are currently in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department. These task force members are assessing damage and offering their expertise as part of FEMA operations. September 21, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Offers Support for Puerto Rico, Thanks City of Philadelphia for Coordinating Relief Effortslast_img read more