SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 10 ATTORNEYS
Summaries of orders issued Sept. 6-Oct. 18, 2018
The Florida Bar, the state’s guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announces that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 10 attorneys — disbarring two, revoking the license of one, suspending six, and publicly reprimanding one. One attorney was also ordered to pay restitution to a client.
As an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar and its Department of Lawyer Regulation are charged with administering a statewide disciplinary system to enforce Supreme Court rules of professional conduct for the more than 105,000 members of The Florida Bar. Key discipline case files that are public record are posted to attorneys’ individual online Florida Bar profiles. To view discipline documents, follow these steps. Additional information on the discipline system and how to file a complaint are available at www.floridabar.org/attorneydiscipline.
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 includes a rigorous background check and retaking the Bar exam.
Kelley Andrea Bosecker, 1400 Gandy Blvd. N., Unit 706, St. Petersburg, disbarred following a Sept. 27 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) Bosecker failed to comply with her prior disciplinary order. She practiced law while suspended, she failed to timely provide notice of her suspension to opposing counsel, the courts, and her clients; and she falsely advised the Court that she had notified all parties of her suspension. (Case No. SC16-1387)
Jonathan Fredrick Bull, 8585 105th Court, Vero Beach, suspended for one year, effective 30 days from an Oct. 18, court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) Bull failed to properly supervise nonlawyer employees. The nonlawyers solicited clients, accepted legal representation on behalf of the firm, quoted legal fees, accepted payments and misappropriated client funds without respondent’s knowledge and consent over a period of several months. Bull also neglected a client’s account, and he failed to tell clients that his law firm was closed and he was no longer representing them. (Case No. SC17-1899)
Sheldon J. Burnett, 10201 E. Bay Harbor Drive, Apt. 402, Bay Harbor Islands, to be publicly reprimanded following an Oct. 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1996) Burnett continued to contact a represented party, even after opposing counsel directed that all communications come through him. Burnett contacted the woman directly and did not copy her attorney on many of the communications. The correspondence referenced settlement offers, the substance and merits of the lawsuit and possible legal theories and defenses. Many of the communications contained a threatening or harassing tone. (Case No. SC18-864)
Dayton Michael Cramer, 332 Winnstead Court, Tallahassee, disbarred effective immediately, following an Oct. 15 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1971) Cramer was found guilty by a jury of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, a felony. He was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and 10 years of supervision upon release. (Case No. SC18-496)
John H. Faro, 1395 Brickell Ave., Suite 800, Miami, suspended for 90 days, effective 30 days from a Sept. 28 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) Faro communicated with a person represented by counsel and engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case No. SC16-1408)
Christopher Tracy Fulmer, P.O. Box 195773, Winter Springs. The court granted Fulmer’s petition for a disciplinary revocation, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective 30 days from an Oct. 4 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1995) Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment. A disciplinary action pending against Fulmer involved misappropriating approximately $75,000 while employed as corporate counsel at two separate title companies. (Case No. SC18-1376)
John Kevin Griffin, 1913 York Court, Fort Pierce, suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from a Sept. 6 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1990) Griffin failed to file and pay his federal income taxes over a period of several years resulting in tax liens being filed against him. His inability to pay his federal income taxes was due solely to financial issues. There was no evidence of fraud or intent to evade his tax obligations. (Case No. SC18-156)
Thomas Anthony Sadaka, 3520 Forest Ridge Lane, Kissimmee, suspended effective 30 days from an Oct. 15 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1992) In May, thesState of Florida charged Sadaka with a scheme to defraud $50,000 or more, a first-degree felony, and grand theft of $100,000 or more, a first-degree felony. In September, Sadaka pleaded no contest to the lesser included offense of grand theft of $20,000 or more, a second-degree felony. A trial court subsequently withheld adjudication of guilt and sentenced Sadaka to 10 years of probation. Sadaka also was required to pay court costs and restitution. The state dismissed the charge of scheme to defraud $100,000 or more. (Case No. SC18-1681)
Robert Patrick Selzer, 1401 Riverplace Blvd., Apt. 2308, Jacksonville, suspended for three years, effective Nov. 17, following an Oct. 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2004) Further, Selzer is ordered to pay restitution of $40,000 to one client. Selzer represented a client in criminal matters, including driving under the influence and public intoxication. Because of the client’s severe alcoholism and significant memory impairments, Selzer convinced her to pay him $109,000 in a 15-month period for work such as driving, grocery shopping and helping her with tax matters. Selzer was fee-and CLE-delinquent during some of that time and therefore was ineligible to render legal services. (Case No. SC18-572)
Eric Allen Waraftig, P.O. Box 110572, Hialeah, suspended until further notice, effective 30 days from a Sept. 26 court order. (Admitted to Practice: 1996) Waraftig was adjudicated guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy for his role in a scheme to defraud QVC, Inc. (Case No. SC18-1606)
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