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May 15, 2004 Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions


The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders reprimanded six attorneys, suspended five, and accepted the resignation of one attorney.

The following lawyers are disciplined:

James E. Brown Jr., 2700 W. Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 204, Pompano Beach, suspended by emergency from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a February 6 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) A review of Brown’s trust account revealed that there is clear, convincing and undeniable evidence that he misappropriated client and third party funds. (Case no. SC04-123)

Richard G. Chosid, 1901 W. Cypress Creek Road, Ste. 406, Ft. Lauderdale, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1963) Chosid failed to provide competent representation to a client; 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; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-1187)

Rhett Pendleton Dove III, P.O. Box 110723, Miami, suspended by emergency from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a February 6 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) A review of Dove’s trust account revealed that there is clear, convincing, and undeniable evidence that he misappropriated clients’ funds. (Case no. SC04-13)

Michael John Echevarria, 9119 Corporate Lake Drive, #300, Tampa, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 12 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1983) Echevarria failed to make reasonable efforts to ensure that another lawyer conformed to the Rules of Professional Conduct when he was involved in an authorized business entity, enterprise, or government agency having supervisory authority over another lawyer. (Case no. SC03-904)

Miles Edward Ferris, P.O. Box 49061, Sarasota, suspended from practicing law in Florida for two years, effective retroactive to October 18, 2002, following a January 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1988) Ferris engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct and committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. (Case no. SC03-789)

Bruce D. Friedlander, One S.E. Third Ave., Ste. 1101, Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a December 11, 2003, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Friedlander filed non-meritorious claims and contentions. (Case no. SC03-683)

David William Langley, 8181 W. Broward Blvd., Ste. 204, Plantation, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 12 court order. Additionally, Langley must attend the Bar’s Ethics School. ( Admitted to practice: 1982) Langley failed to timely respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-1223)

Avi Jacob Litwin, 4434 Sheridan Drive, Miami Beach, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1990) Litwin failed to provide competent representation to a client and filed nonmeritorious claims and contentions. (Case no. SC02-836)

Craig J. Martin, 204 Laguna Villas Blvd., Apt. A-5, Jacksonville Beach, suspended by emergency from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a February 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 2001) Among several Bar violations, Martin failed to provide competent representation to a client; 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; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC04-161)

Steven Richard Pietro, 8261 N.W. 15th St., Pembroke Pines, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after 10 years, effective retroactive to November 12, 2003, following a February 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1995) In November 2003, Pietro was charged with a compounding felony, in which he was sentenced to five years probation, 200 hours of community service, and a 10-year resignation from The Florida Bar. (Case no. SC03-2123)

Marquin Steven Rinard, 1041 N.E. 25th Ave., Apt. 2, Pompano Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a February 5 court order. Upon reinstatement, Rinard will be placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1982) Rinard failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter; neglected to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-721)

Richard Henry Simonson, 2800 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Ste. 301, Oakland Park, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a January 22 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1989) Simonson mailed an advertisement that contained a reference to past successes or results obtained or was otherwise likely to create an unjustified expectation about results the lawyer can achieve. (Case no. SC03-1537)

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.