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Disciplinary actions.

The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 22 attorneys-disbarring two, revoking the licenses of four, suspending 12, publicly reprimanding three, and sentencing one to jail time. Four attorneys were also placed on probation, and two were ordered to pay restitution.

Mark Jerome Albrechta, 3853 Northdale Blvd., Suite 346, Tampa, to be publicly reprimanded following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1982) Albrechta was involved in a conflict of interest after representing a couple who purchased a house. When one of the homeowners moved out, Albrechta moved in, having developed a personal relationship with the woman. They subsequently married. The home suffered flood damage a couple years later, and the woman retained Albrechta to represent her on the insurance claim. (Case No. SC15-1163)

Renee Binns, 2040 N.E. 5th Terrace, Cape Coral, suspended for 90 days, effective 30 days from an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1994) Further, Binns shall pay restitution of $500 to one client, and upon reinstatement, Binns shall be placed on probation for two years. In several instances, Binns failed to communicate with clients, failed to complete matters for which she was hired, failed to respond to official Bar inquiries, and violated trust account rules. (Case Nos. SC15-1008 & SC15-2143)

Allen Montgomery Blake, 4411 Bee Ridge Road #161, Sarasota, suspended for three years, effective immediately, following an August 26 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1969) Blake was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of an April 11 court order, suspending him for one year. Specifically, Blake was ordered to notify his clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his suspension and provide The Florida Bar within 30 days, a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that he provided with a copy of his suspension order. (Case No. SC16-1138)

Francisco D. Coll, P.O. Box 10370, Tampa. The Supreme Court granted Coll's request for a permanent disciplinary revocation, without leave to seek readmission, effective immediately, following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2007) Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment. Disciplinary charges pending against Coll involved allegations of misappropriation of client funds and failure to communicate with a client. (Case No. SC16-991)

Bernard F. Daley, Jr., 901 N. Gadsden St., Tallahassee, sentenced to 30 days in the county jail, following a July 14 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1978) Daley was found guilty of indirect criminal contempt for violating a previous court order. On April 24, the court granted him a permanent disciplinary revocation without leave to seek readmission. Disciplinary revocation is equivalent to disbarment. Daley had numerous charges pending, including but not limited to lack of diligence and communication and excessive billing. (Case No. SC15-2012)

John J. Doyle, 2400 Science Parkway, Suite 1B, Okemos, Mich., disbarred effective immediately, following an August 12 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) Doyle was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a September 10, 2015, court order, suspending him for three years. Specifically, Doyle was ordered to notify his clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his suspension and provide The Florida Bar, within 30 days, a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that he provided with a copy of his suspension order. (Case No. SC16-809)

Paul Dukovich, 7530 S.W. 134th St., Miami, disbarred effective immediately, following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1990) Dukovich pleaded no contest in court to felony offenses: attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling, witness tampering, and aggravated stalking. As a result of the felony convictions, he was suspended by the Florida Supreme Court on February 17. After being properly served, Dukovich failed to appear at the final hearing. He also failed to self-report the felony convictions to the Bar. (Case No. SC16-295)

Jonathan Paltiel Flom, P.O. Box 1163, Palm Beach, suspended until further order, effective 30 days from an August 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) After a jury trial in New York, Flom was found guilty of money laundering, a felony, based on his involvement with a securities fraud scheme. (Case No. SC16-1455)

Theodore Stewart Fries, Jr., 5465 N.E. 1st Lane, Ocala, suspended for three years, effective immediately, following an August 12 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) Fries was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a November 16, 2015, court order, suspending him for one year. Specifically, Fries was ordered to notify his clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his suspension and provide The Florida Bar within 30 days, a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that he provided with a copy of his suspension order. (Case No. SC16-632)

Scott Joseph Givens, 400 N. Ashley Drive, Suite 1100, Tampa. The Supreme Court granted Givens' request for a disciplinary revocation, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective 30 days from an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment. Disciplinary charges pending against Givens involved allegations that he created false pleadings, lawsuits, and judgments to mislead his clients into believing he was diligently representing them, and allegations concerning his representation of a client regarding an appeal. (Case No. SC16-1295)

Mark Alan Greenberg, P.O. Box 1326, Hallandale. The Supreme Court granted Greenberg's request for a permanent disciplinary revocation, without leave to seek readmission, effective 30 days from an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment. The disciplinary matter that was pending against Greenberg was related to criminal charges. He subsequently entered a no contest plea in Broward County Circuit Court. (Case No. SC16-1245)

Brian Neil Greenspoon, 706 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 4-204, Deerfield Beach, suspended for three years, effective retroactive to February 26, following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) Greenspoon pleaded "no contest" to one count of unlawful solicitation (to provide legal services) in violation of Florida statutes. Adjudication was withheld and he was sentenced to 18 months' probation and 150 hours of community service. (Case No. SC16-157)

Ian Horn, P.O. Box 691, Brandon, to receive a public reprimand following an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) Further, Horn is placed on probation for two years. Horn represented a client in a personal injury claim. When the claim settled, Horn disbursed the proceeds in accordance with the closing statement, with the exception of funds for the doctor, which were not disbursed for several months. Horn was not maintaining his trust account properly during that period. (Case No. SC16-1421)

John T. Jenkins, Jr., 20 Carrick Road, Palm Beach Gardens, suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from an August 31 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) Jenkins was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a March 24 court order, suspending him for 90 days. Specifically, Jenkins was ordered to notify his clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his suspension and provide The Florida Bar within 30 days, a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that he provided with a copy of his suspension order. Jenkins also failed to contact Florida Lawyers Assistance as ordered, to schedule an evaluation, and he failed to provide proof of scheduling

to the Bar. (Case No. SC16-1122)

Carol Lynn Benson Kendall, 2719 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 164, Hollywood, suspended until further order, effective 30 days from an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) Kendall was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of an official Bar inquiry regarding a complaint. (Case No. SC16-1265)

Richard Randall Kuritz, 200 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) A judge found that, in representing a client in a murder trial, Kuritz committed misconduct. Kuritz failed to advise the court that he met with a juror and drafted her affidavit, which he attached to his motion for a new trial. Kuritz subsequently failed on appeal, to clarify that history with the Supreme Court. (Case No. 16-30)

Marc G. Kurzman, 1600 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 300-C, Boca Raton, suspended for 60 days, effective 30 days from an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1980) This is a reciprocal discipline matter. Kurzman is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar. While on probation in Minnesota, Kurzman represented a client in a child visitation matter. During the deposition Kurzman implied that the court-appointed parenting consultant had previously been accused of sexual misconduct with a child. The referee found that Kurzman had no evidence to support the allegation and that he did it to humiliate the consultant. In another matter, Kurzman was retained to represent a woman regarding child custody and visitation. He was late on two occasions in filing required documents and was subsequently discharged by the client. (Case No. SC16-1404)

Robert Bruce Moeller, 717 N.E. 665 St., Old Town, to be publicly reprimanded following an August 4 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1974) Further, Moeller shall be placed on probation for a period not to exceed five years. Moeller is also a licensed pharmacist. He was arrested for aggravated assault and domestic battery in October 2015 after an alleged domestic dispute with his wife. After his arrest and release, he checked into a recovery center for his substance abuse addiction. The Florida Board of Pharmacy will not take action against Moeller's license as long as he successfully completes the drug rehabilitation program. (Case No. SC16-651)

Thomas Harold Ostrander, 514 27th St. W., Bradenton, suspended for 60 days, effective 30 days from an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1985) Further, upon reinstatement, Ostrander shall be placed on probation for one year and pay restitution of $5,000 to one client. Ostrander attempted to represent a client in a criminal appeal. He was not qualified, because he was not a member of the 11th Circuit Bar nor was he court-appointed appellate counsel. (Case No. SC16-1379)

Neil Howard Rubin, 1130 Washington Ave., Floor 4, Miami Beach. The Supreme Court granted Rubin's request for a disciplinary revocation, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective 30 days from an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2000) Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment. A disciplinary matter pending against Rubin involved allegations of trust account irregularities. (Case No. SC16-1140) Frank Wolland, 12865 W. Dixie Highway, Floor 2, North Miami, suspended for 30 days, following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1978) After the Bar received an insufficient funds notice from Wolland's bank, an audit found evidence of extensive commingling in his trust account. (Case No. SC16-1385)

Carlos R. Zepeda, 11046 S.W. 148th Place, Miami, suspended for three years, effective retroactive to February 4, following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2007) After serving nine months in jail, Zepeda pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and trespass to a structure with a firearm, both felonies. Adjudication was withheld and he was placed on probation for 10 years. (Case No. SC15-2402)

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. Disbarred lawyers may not re-apply for admission for five years. They are required to go through an extensive process that rejects many who apply. It includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam. Historically, less than 5 percent of disbarred lawyers seek readmission.

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