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The Florida Supreme Court recently issued six orders permanently prohibiting nine persons and/or corporations from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law, and issued three orders finding four persons and/or corporations guilty of indirect criminal contempt.

The following entities are prohibited from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law:

Robert Kolodner, Tampa, found guilty of indirect criminal contempt, following an April 11, 2002, court order. Kolodner is further placed on probation for one year. He also received a five month and 29 day suspended jail sentence pending successful probation. Kolodner, individually and as president of Jacobs & Matthews, Inc., and Solomon & Forbes, Inc., entered a guilty plea of indirect criminal contempt of a Feb. 4, 1999, court order prohibiting him from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law. Kolodner held himself out as an attorney on several occasions. He negotiated, or offered to negotiate, settlements in legal actions and gave legal advice. (Case no. SC01-2018)

Jennifer Horn, Largo, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law, following an April 4, 2002, court order. Horn acted as the legal representative for two individuals attempting to obtain a refund of monies. Horn prepared an agreement drafted on the letterhead of Jennifer Rene Horn, Esquire, and signed it as "Jennifer Horn, Esquire, Attorney at Law." She also sent and signed a "Final Notice Before Legal Action" which was typed on the letterhead of Largo Legal Services. (Case no. SC01-1320)

Janelle Services, Inc. d/b/a American Heritage Estate Services, and Bruce Hearon, Venice, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law, following a March 28, 2002, court order. Hearon, individually and as president of Janelle Services, Inc. d/b/a American Heritage Estate Services, was engaged in Florida in the business of the sale, assembly, drafting, execution, and funding of estate planning documents including living trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, and other related documents to residents . of Florida. (Case no. SC01-250)

Robert E. Hughes, Sr., Clearwater, found guilty of indirect criminal contempt for engaging in the unlicensed practice of law, following a July 11, 2002, court opinion. He also received a 90-day suspended jail sentence contingent upon his full compliance with a previous injunction. Hughes violated a 1997 injunction enjoining him from counseling, advising, and preparing documents for individuals in the creation and transfer of land trusts. He advised others about land trusts and drafted land trust forms that he used to create or transfer land trusts. (Case no. SC01-617)

Mark Romero, Miami, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law, following a July 3, 2002, court order. Romero held himself out as an attorney. (Case no. SC02-1393)

Michael Levine, North Miami Beach, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law, following a September 5, 2002, court order. Levine represented an individual in a criminal matter. (Case no. SC02-1588)

Roberto Martinez and Omar Cordero, Miami, found guilty of indirect criminal contempt, following a July 11, 2002, court order. Martinez and Cordero are further placed on probation for one year. They also received five month and 29 day suspended jail sentences pending successful completion of their probation. On March 20, 2002, Martinez and Cordero pleaded guilty to violating an injunction entered by the Supreme Court of Florida on November 12, 1999. They held themselves out as being attorneys, prepared immigration papers for others, answered legal questions, allowed members of the public to rely on them to properly prepare legal forms or documents, failed to post a sign in their office stating that they were not attorneys, failed to provide their employees with a copy of the 1999 stipulation they entered into, and failed to pay the costs assessed against them in the previous case. (Case no. SC01-2389)

Enrique Santiago, Miami, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law, following a July 11, 2002, court order. Santiago engaged in the unlicensed practice of law by holding himself out as an attorney and by giving legal advice in immigration matters. (Case no. SC02-184)

Darryl Mizer, individually and d/b/a Darryl Mizer & Associates, Sarasota, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law, following an August 22, 2002, court order. Mizer provided legal assistance to individuals who were defendants in foreclosure lawsuits. (Case no. SC02-246)

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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