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May 06, 2022

Florida Lawyer Suspended for 2 Years for Working with Nonlawyers

The Florida Supreme Court recently suspended a Florida lawyer for two years for allegedly violating several Florida Bar rules due to her work with nonlawyers. According to the Referee’s Report, the lawyer violated a number of Florida Bar rules when she worked for several nonlawyer-owned organizations that provided home foreclosure defense services. During her time at these entities, the Report noted that the lawyer worked under the direction of a nonlawyer, failed to adequately supervise nonlawyers that worked under her direction, and failed to differentiate the nonlawyers’ work from her own. The Court’s Order found the lawyer had violated several Florida Bar rules including Rules 4-1.1 (Competency), 4-1.4 (Communications), 4-5.3 (Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistance), and 4-5.7 (Responsibilities Regarding Law-related Services). Florida’s Bar rules are modeled after the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

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