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How to find public record attorney discipline information at floridabar.org: user-friendly instructions for the public and the media

The Florida Bar posts public record attorney discipline documents for the past 10 years at floridabar.org. Are you looking for details of a lawyer’s discipline history? Follow these steps:

  1. Click on Find A Lawyer.
  2. Enter first and last name of lawyer. You may also enter a city, if you know it.
  3. Click on the name you’ve entered and you’ll be taken to the attorney’s page. Directly under the name you’ll see the status of the attorney, e.g., Member in Good Standing, Disbarred–Not eligible to practice, etc. You’ll also see attorney number, contact information and year of admittance to the Bar.
  4. 10-Year Discipline History will indicate None or Yes. Click on Yes, and the sanction, action date and reference will come up. Click on the red numbers under Reference and you’ll see the court documents, e.g., Supreme Court Order and Disbarment. Click on each court document and you’ll find the details of the attorney’s case.
  5. For public record discipline information for an attorney that occurred more than 10 years ago: Members of the public are asked to contact The Florida Bar via email at LRInfo@Flabar.org and the Media should call Public Information and Bar Services at 850-561-5666. The public information office is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  6. For public record discipline information on judges or to file a complaint against a judge, the public and the media should contact the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) at 850-488-1581.

EXAMPLES
From the news release:
Heather Joy Sykes, 9000 Sheridan St., suite 150, Pembroke Pines, disbarred effective 30 days from July 26, following a Nov. 28 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2005) Sykes was the subject of a pending disciplinary matter. Sykes was hired to collect rents and hold the monies in her trust account. She agreed to remit more than $26,000 to the client, but failed to do so despite repeated demands. Sykes subsequently admitted to misappropriating the funds for her own use. (Case No. SC12-1821)

[Revised: 01-11-2013]