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November 15, 2003
Disciplinary Actions

The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended seven attorneys, disbarred one, reprimanded nine, placed one on probation, and accepted the resignation of another.

The following lawyers are disciplined:

Terence Millard Brown, P.O. Box 40, Starke, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following an August 21 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1979) Brown failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter; and failed to cooperate with the responsibilities of partner or supervisory lawyer. (Case no. SC03-40)

Steven Edward Cohen, 800 N.W. 62nd St., Ste. 200, Ft. Lauderdale, suspended from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective retroactive to June 1, following a September 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Cohen was charged on April 15 with a conspiracy to structure financial transaction to avoid the reporting requirements of Title 31, United States Code and Code of Federal Regulations, a felony. (Case no. SC03-1174)

Hugo Enrique Dorta, 1221 Brickell Ave., Miami, suspended by emergency from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a September 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1990) A review of Dorta’s trust accounts revealed a misappropriation of client funds. (Case no. SC03-1456)

Andrean Rose Eaton, 6122 Washington St., Hollywood, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following an August 21 court order. Eaton is further placed on probation for one year. (Admitted to practice: 1995) Among several Bar violations, Eaton failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; neglected to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation; and violated or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct. (Case no. SC02-2707)

Randall Joel Etheridge, 423 N. Baylen St., Pensacola, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a September 16 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) Etheridge was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in vehicle pursuit, a felony, and was placed on probation for 30 months. (Case no. SC03-1563)

Ralph Stanley Francois, 1820 N.E. 163rd St., Ste. 106, N. Miami Beach, reprimanded for professional misconduct. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Francois failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; neglected to provide competent representation to a client; failed to make reasonable efforts to expedite litigation; and violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct. (Case no. SC03-1544)

Arlene Lloyd Han, 1628 S.E. 13th Terrace, Cape Coral, suspended from practicing law in Florida for one year, effective immediately following a September 11 court order. Han is further placed on probation for three years and must enter into a contract with Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. (Admitted to practice: 1988) Han violated or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so; and committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer. (Case no. SC03-493)

Leslie Phyllis Holland, 370 Minorca Ave., Ste. 11, Coral Gables, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following an August 21 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1985) Holland allegedly violated trust accounting records and procedures. (Case no. SC03-1011)

Philip Timothy Howard, 1471 Timberlane Rd., Ste. 115, Tallahassee, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following an August 21 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1987) Howard failed to document his authority in every instance to execute a document on behalf of co-counsel. (Case no. SC02-1148)

Louis Michael Jepeway, Jr., 19 W. Flagler St., Ste. 407, Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following a September 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1968) Jepeway failed to properly represent his client in that he did not adequately keep his client reasonably informed as to the status of a case; failed to conduct any discovery or comply with client’s request for information; and failed to properly communicate and represent his client. (Case no. SC03-1604)

Arthur H. Lipson, 801 N.E. 167th St., Ste. 312, N. Miami Beach, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following a September 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1970) Lipson filed non-meritorious claims and contentions, expedited litigation, and communicated with person(s) represented by counsel. (Case no. SC03-1457)

Dennis Anthony Lopez, 210 N. Pierce St., Tampa, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following an August 28 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1981) Lopez charged or collected excessive fees and violated contingency fee rules. (Case no. SC02-1690)

Randy Edward Merrill, P.O. Box 413005, Naples, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following a September 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Among several Bar violations, Merrill failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and violated rules regulating trust accounts. (Case no. SC03-926)

Donald Eugene Pervis, P.O. Box 22107, Sarasota, permanently disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a September 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1980) Pervis continued to practice law in Florida after entering into a disciplinary resignation in May. (Case no. SC03-1169)

Robert Eugene Tamm, 408 N. Wild Olive Ave., Daytona Beach, suspended by emergency from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a September 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1976) A review of Mathis’ trust accounts revealed a misappropriation of client funds. (Case no. SC03-1159)

Steven Edward Waggoner, 302 Manatee Drive, Ruskin, resigned with leave to seek readmission after three years, following a September 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Among several Bar violations, Waggoner failed to comply with continuing legal education or basic skills requirements; neglected to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and did not respond, in writing, to official inquiry by Bar counsel. (Case no. SC03-449)

Richard P. Warfield, 201 E. Government St., Pensacola, placed on probation for one year, effective immediately following an August 21 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1949) Warfield placed an advertisement in the phone book, which was not in compliance with the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. (Case no. SC02-2232)

Theodore Willard Weeks III, 2000 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective 30 days following a September 11 court order. Upon his reinstatement, Weeks shall commence serving a three-year probation, which includes signing a rehabilitation contract with Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. (Admitted to practice: 1973) Weeks allegedly knew of a conflict of interest and did not fully disclose to a client the possible effect of that conflict; caused injury or potential injury to a client; and knowingly engaged in conduct that was a violation of a duty owed as a professional and caused injury or potential injury to a client, the public, or the legal system. (Case no. SC03-565 and SC03-1220)

W. Alan Winter, 310 Third Street, Neptune Beach, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following a Sept. 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) Winter made false and reckless accusations that a judge was biased and politically influenced by his decisions and engaged in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice for knowingly disparaging the judge, opposing counsel, and the integrity of the jury. (Case no. SC01-2603)

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.

[Revised: 11-17-2018]