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Disciplinary actions.

The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 19 attorneys, disbarred five, suspended nine, placed four on probation, and reprimanded three. Some attorneys received more than one form of discipline.

The following lawyers are disciplined:

Richard Edward Benton, 1415 E. Piedmont Drive, Suite 4, Tallahassee, reprimanded following a February 1 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1976) Benton failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client and did not advance the probate of an estate, causing the case to be dismissed for inaction. (Case No. SC061685)

Dominic G. Bocco, Jr., 2220 Hillcrest St., Orlando, suspended for 91 days effective 30 days after a February 13 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1991) Bocco was suspended for noncompliance with an earlier court order requiring initial and final reviews of his office procedures and analysis of his record keeping as a condition of his probation. (Case No. SC06-1985)

Steven Elliot Brooks, 2800 Island Blvd., Apt. 2205, Aventura, suspended for six months and placed on probation for two years following a February 1 court order. Additionally Brooks was ordered to pay restitution to a client. (Admitted to practice: 1993) Brooks failed to competently and diligently represent a client and failed to keep a client reasonably informed. (Case No. SC06-1343)

William Craig Campbell, 221 S.E. Osceola St., Stuart, disbarred for five years retroactive to June 13, 2006, following a February 15 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2004) Campbell, a former two-term Atlanta, Ga., mayor, was convicted in March 2006 of three counts of tax violation, thus violating Bar rules against engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case No. SC07-212)

Michelle H. Clark, P.O. Box 952266, Lake Mary, placed on probation for three years, effective immediately after a February 1 court order, and ordered to pay restitution to two clients. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Clark failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, failed to keep a client reasonably informed on the status of a matter, failed to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information, and engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case No. SC06-1599)

Joseph Anthony Garcia-Riveiro, 9240 S.W. 80th Terrace, Miami, suspended until further order of the court, following a February 21 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2000) Garcia-Riveiro is under investigation for possible trust fund irregularities and has failed to provide The Florida Bar complete trust account records that would enable the Bar to conduct a full audit. (SC07-248)

Mark Harrill Hutchison, 210 South Park Ave., Suite 102, Sanford, suspended until further order of the court, following a February 9 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1990) Hutchison admitted to not maintaining trust account records and to having insufficient funds to cover funds owed to clients and/or third parties. He also admitted to paying child support obligations out of his trust account. (SC07-192)

Carlo Jean-Joseph, 12784 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami, suspended for 60 days effective 30 days from a February 15 court order, and ordered to attend and successfully complete The Florida Bar's Professionalism Workshop within six months. (Admitted to practice: 1995) Jean-Joseph failed to provide competent representation to clients, failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, failed to ensure that lawyers under his managerial authority conformed to the Rules of Professional Conduct, and failed to take reasonable remedial action to mitigate the consequences of the actions of an attorney under his supervisory authority. (Case No. SC06-1649)

Jeffrey Paul Kaiser, 19801 E. Saint Andrews Drive, Hialeah, suspended for 30 days effective retroactive to January 11, placed on probation for one year and ordered to pay restitution to clients, following a February 8 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1977) Kaiser failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing clients, failed to keep clients reasonably informed about the status of a matter, and failed to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. (Case No. SC06-570)

Lorn Leitman, 8660 W. Flagler St., Suite 200, Miami, reprimanded and ordered to successfully complete Ethics School within six months of a February 1 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) Leitman engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case No. SC06-915)

Alexander John Michaels, 1507 N.W. 14th St., Miami, reprimanded under the terms of a February 8 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) Michaels was cited for contempt of court for using inappropriate language and making improper comments in the courtroom while serving a two-year probation ordered in another disciplinary action. (Case No. SC07-190)

Linda Gurfein Miklowitz, P.O. Box 14922, Tallahassee, placed on probation following a February 23 court order and ordered to undergo an evaluation to determine her fitness to practice law. (Admitted to practice: 1978) She will remain on probation pending further court order. (Case No. SC07-267)

Michael A. Moulis, 1100 Lee Wagener Blvd., Suite 312, Ft. Lauderdale, suspended for 30 days, effective 30 days from a Feb. 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1999) Moulis committed an act that is unlawful or contrary to honesty and justice, 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, and inappropriately withdrew from representing a client. (Case Nos. SC06-1831 and SC06-2300)

Andrew J. Natale, Jr., 656 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers, N.Y., disbarred effective 30 days from a February 1 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1969) Natale on two occasions failed to deposit or to timely deposit money to be held in escrow into a trust account. He also had numerous trust account violations. (Case No. SC06-1832)

Matthew Jay Schaefer, 9035 N.W. 51st Place, Coral Springs, disbarred retroactive to June 15, 2006, following a February 15 court order. Schaefer pled guilty to felony tax evasion, thus committing a criminal act that reflected adversely on his honesty and trustworthiness and engaging in conduct in the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case No. SC061175)

Gregory Glen Schultz, 3175 San Mateo St., Clearwater, disbarred following a February 8 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Schultz was found guilty in federal court of 36 felonies including securities fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering and has been required to pay more than $16 million in restitution. (Case No. SC06-458)

Debora A. Tyack, 71 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite A-4, Worthington, Ohio, suspended from the practice of law for three years, effective 30 days from a February 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) In November 2005, Tyack was indefinitely suspended from practicing law in Ohio for neglect of legal matters, neglecting her duties as guardian ad litem, failing to return unearned portions of legal fees, and dismissing a case without a client's permission. Tyack violated Florida Bar rules governing trust accounts and she engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case No. SC06-1430)

Carolyn Van Zant, P.O. Box 2282, New Smyrna Beach, suspended following a February 16 order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) The order states that Van Zant "appears to be causing great public harm through neglect and abandonment of her law practice and by the misappropriation of client trust funds." (Case No. SC07-180)

James Russell Vogel, 171 N.E. Village Parkway, No. B8, Marietta, Ga., disbarred effective 30 days from a February 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1985) In October 2005, Vogel was disbarred from practicing law in Georgia for abandoning his practice. He also violated rules of The Florida Bar regarding competently and diligently representing clients. (Case No. SC06-1564)

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.
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