October 15, 2003 Disciplinary Actions

first_img October 15, 2003 Regular News T he Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended 15 attorneys, disbarred one, reprimanded two, and extended the probation of one.The following lawyers are disciplined: Damon Evan Amedeo, 3360 S. Ocean Road, Palm Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days from July 22 following an August 1 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1996) On October 2, 2003, Amedeo was charged with distributing cocaine to a person under the age of 21, a felony, and was sentenced to 216 months in prison. (Case no. SC03-1226) Bradford Jon Beilly, 400 S.E. 19th St., Ft. Lauderdale, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following an August 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Beilly entered a business transaction with a client; failed to provide competent representation to a client; and used information relating to the representation of a former client. (Case no. SC02-2651) Rendell Frederick Brown, 319 Clematis St., Ste. 217, West Palm Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following an August 21 court order. Upon his reinstatement, Brown shall commence serving a two-year probation. ( Admitted to practice: 1973) Brown 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; neglected to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation; charged or collected excessive fees; and failed to respond, in writing, to official inquiry by Bar counsel while conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-152) Virginia B. Chosed, 14151 98th Court, Miami, probation extended until August 1, 2004, following an August 18 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) Chosed failed to comply with her rehabilitation contract with Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., which was a condition of her court ordered probation in case no. SC03-646. (Case no. SC00-918) Mark Charles Dabold, 5401 S. Kirkman Road, Ste. 310, Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following an August 28 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1985) Dabold failed to provide competent representation to a client; 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 failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation. (Case no. SC03-406) Mitchell Denker, P.O. Box 999, Summerfield, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days from August 5 following an August 14 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1975) On July 14, Denker was adjudicated guilty in Vermont on two counts of transporting monetary instruments and perjury, both felonies. Denker was sentenced to serve five months in prison. (Case no. SC03-1298) Michael Wilson Dugger, 1017 Thomasville Road, Ste. A, Tallahassee, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective 30 days following an August 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1970) Dugger 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. SC02-2623) Jose L. DelCastillo-Salamanca, 255 Main St., Floor 2, Hartford, CT., suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective 30 days following an August 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) DelCastillo-Salamanca failed to competently and diligently represent a client and failed to respond to the Bar during its investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC01-1696) Steven K. Grover, 868 99th Ave., N., Ste. 1, Naples, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective 30 days following an August 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1997) Grover failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and failed to respond, in writing, to official inquiry by Bar counsel while conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-163). Jordan B. Harlem, 3050 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 600, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following an August 28 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 2000) Harlem failed to designate an official Bar name, mailing address, and business telephone number; failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter; charged or collected excessive fees; and failed to respond, in writing, to official inquiry by Bar counsel while conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-450) Shawn M. Jordan, 2820 N.W. 135th St., Opa Locka, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following an August 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1999) Jordan failed to respond, in writing, to official inquiry by Bar counsel while conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC02-2566) Jeffrey David Knowlton, 500 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following an August 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1973) Among several Bar violations, Knowlton failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to respond, in writing, to official Bar counsel while conducting an investigation into his conduct; engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice; and failed to take reasonable steps to protect a client’s interests upon misrepresentation. (Case nos. SC02-2076, SC02-2638, SC03-407) Terrence Leon Laster, P.O. Box 822932, Dallas, TX, suspended by emergency from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following an August 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1999) A reconstruction of Laster’s trust accounts revealed a large shortage and failed to provide a current address and business telephone number to The Florida Bar. (Case no. SC03-1402) Joey Dean Oquist, 1135 9th St., N., St. Petersburg, suspended from practicing law in Florida for seven days, effective 30 days following an August 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1991) Oquist failed to keep a client reasonably informed and failed to supervise a subordinate. (Case no. SC02-2004) L. Byron Reid, P.O. Box 607, Panama City, suspended from practicing law in Florida for three years, effective immediately following an August 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) Reid violated several Bar rules including involvement in misconduct, minor misconduct, and criminal misconduct; knowingly made a false statement to The Florida Bar; misrepresentation; and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC02-2079) Reydel Santos, P.O. Box 5000, Yazoo City, MS., suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following an August 14 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) Santos was adjudicated guilty in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Nov. 3, 2000, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, both felonies. Santos was sentenced to serve 121 months in prison. (Case no. SC03-1316) Billy Michael Thomas, 997 S. Wickham Road, W. Melbourne, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following an August 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) Thomas failed to respond, in writing, to official inquiry by Bar counsel while conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC02-2125) Henry Thompson, 14815 S.W. 107th Ave., Miami, suspended from the practice of law for 10 days, effective 30 days following an August 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1971) Among several Bar violations, Thompson filed nonmeritorious claims and contentions; failed to act fairly to opposing party and counsel; and engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC02-2717) Alexander Zouzoulas, 2070 Saint George Ave., Winter Park, suspended from practicing law in Florida for six months, effective retroactive to January 4 following an August 21 court order. Zouzoulas is further placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1983) Zouzoulas failed to comply with probationary terms in Case no. SC02-2042. Among terms of his probation, Zouloulas must contact Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. (Case no. SC02-2042) 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. October 15, 2003 Disciplinary Actionslast_img