April 30, 2003 Disciplinary Actions

first_imgApril 30, 2003 Disciplinary Actions April 30, 2003 Regular News T he Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended 10 attorneys, reprimanded four, accepted the disciplinary resignation of three, disbarred five, and placed one on probation. The following lawyers are disciplined: Peter Balodis III, 222 4th St., Pennsburg, Pa., suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a February 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 2000) On May 21, 2001, Balodis was arrested in Seminole County and charged with assault-domestic upon his then girlfriend. (Case no. SC02-1751) Jerrold William Bartman, 354 Ferris Road, Schenectady, N.Y., reprimanded for professional misconduct following a March 13 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1997) Among his several Bar rule violations, Bartman authorized and permitted a nonlawyer employee of his law firm to have exclusive contact with a client and failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client. (Case no. SC02-2091) Andres Alberto Bengochea, 175 Fountain Bleau Blvd., Ste. 2, Miami, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, without leave to seek readmission, effective 30 days following a February 27 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1987) On December 23, 2002, Bengochea was convicted of 33 counts of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to launder money, uttering forged checks, bank fraud and possessing stolen mail. (Case no. SC03-48) Andrew Arthur Bevan, 1200 Masanabo Lane, Fort Myers, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a February 25 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1996) On or about October 14, 2002, Bevan was adjudicated guilty of one count of criminal mischief, a third degree felony. (Case no. SC03-275) Vaughn Carpenter Brennan, 405 Glenmeade Court, Gretna, La., resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, without leave to seek readmission, effective 30 days following a March 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1972) Brennan allegedly improperly disbursed money from his trust account. (Case no. SC02-2719) Thomas Gustave Brown, 406 Oyster Road, North Palm Beach, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective retroactive to June 23, 1998, following a March 13 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1979) In October 1996, Brown was charged with tampering with witness, victim or informant, and with conspiracy to tamper with witness, victim or informant. (Case no. SC90092) Kevin Joseph Coffey, 153 Lost Lake, Marlton, N.J., resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective immediately following a February 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1992) Coffey was convicted in New Jersey of conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute marijuana, a felony. (Case no. SC02-2642) Steven Werner Effman, 8000 Peters Road, Ste. 200, Plantation, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective April 21, following a February 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1977) Effman engaged in sexual relationships with three female matrimonial and/or domestic relations clients, such inappropriate relationships commenced subsequent to the creation of the attorney-client relationship, and which resulted in limiting and impairing his ability to exercise sound professional judgment with regard to the representation of each client. (Case no. SC02-1119) Geneva Carol Forrester, P.O. Box 40010, Saint Petersburg, suspended from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a November 20, 2002, court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1973) While serving a 60-day suspension, Forrester engaged in the practice of law. (Case no. SC02-1752) John Christopher Hubbard, 4690 Lipscomb St. N.E., Palm Bay, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 60 days, effective retroactive to November 15, 2002, following a February 6 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1992) Hubbard violated Bar rules in several unrelated matters. He failed to adequately communicate with clients, neglected his clients’ cases, and failed to respond to official Bar inquiries into his conduct. (Case nos. SC02-330, SC02-1579 and SC02-1957) Daryl Charles Jaquette, 880 Pinemeadow Ct., Jacksonville, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a March 6 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1992) In two unrelated matters, Jaquette accepted legal fees and represented himself as a practicing attorney while he was a delinquent member not allowed to practice law. (Case no. SC02-1938) Alexandre Lasnaud, 23123 State Road 7, Ste. 245, Boca Raton, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective retroactive to February 8, 2002, following a February 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1997) In January 2002, Lasnaud pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and was sentenced to five months in prison. (Case no. SC02-1545) Terry Lynn Leach, P.O. Box 71763, Las Vegas, Nev., placed on probation for three years, effective immediately following a February 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1996) Leach borrowed funds from clients, which she has not repaid, either in part or in full. The promissory note she prepared in favor of the clients indicated that the sum she would pay was $22,500. (Case no. SC02-1475) Michael Edward Martinko, 435 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 400, Orlando, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a March 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1992) Martinko failed to respond, in writing, to Bar inquiries into his conduct. (Case no. SC02-1024) Laura McCarthy, 4690 Lipscomb St. N.E., Ste. 5, Palm Bay, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a January 30 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1993) McCarthy failed to abide by a client’s decisions concerning the objectives of representation, to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information, to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation, and to respond to Bar inquiries into her conduct. (Case no. SC02-2129) Jon Alex Merkle, 1450 Atlantic Shores Blvd., Ste. 310, Hallandale, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a February 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1999) In December 2002, Merkle was found guilty of one count of driving with a suspended/revoked license, one count of possession of cocaine, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of having an obscured or missing license plate. (Case no. SC03-221) Warner Barker Miller III, 14B Windflower Court, Asheville, N.C., disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a March 6 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1980) Miller failed to disburse settlement funds as set forth in a stipulation of pro-rata reimbursement and failed to hold the settlement proceeds in trust per a notice of workers’ compensation lien. (Case no. SC01-2827) Louis Steven Robles, 100 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 900, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a February 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1972) A review of Robles’ two trust accounts revealed that there is clear, convincing and undeniable evidence that Robles misappropriated client’s funds and was using recent deposits to satisfy obligations to clients incurred in prior periods. Robles deposited $803,159.56 pertaining to 296 asbestos clients into one trust account and misappropriated the all of the client’s funds by issuing eight trust account checks to himself and/or his law firm. (Case no. SC03-214) Marjorie Hollman Shoureas, P.O. Box 350525, Ft. Lauderdale, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a February 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 2000) Shoureas failed to provide competent representation and to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing two unrelated clients. She also failed to respond to Bar inquiries into her conduct. (Case no. SC02-2226) Jerry B. Schreiber, 1 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, permanently disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a December 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1973) While he was suspended from practicing law, Schreiber continued to hold himself out as an attorney, dispense legal advice, draft pleadings, negotiate with opposing counsel, meet with clients, and accept legal fees. (Case no. SC01-1407) Mark David Swanson, 169 E. Flagler St., Ste. 1433, Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1984) Swanson failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client and to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. (Case no. SC02-1145) Edward H. Wohl, 55 Quaker Bridge Road, Croton on Hudson, N.Y., suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective 30 days following a March 20 court opinion. ( Admitted to practice : 1974) Wohl offered an inducement to a witness that went far beyond reasonable expenses paid by the witness. (Case no. SC95770) Kevin D. Woodring, 5327 Commercial Way, Ste. D119, Spring Hill, suspended from practicing law until further court order, effective 30 days following a March 5 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1989) Woodring misappropriated funds from trusts for which he acted as trustee. (Case no. SC03-339) 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