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December 15, 2006 Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions


The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended 10, disbarred three, reprimanded two, and placed one attorney on probation.

The following lawyers are disciplined
Alexander Joseph Alfano, 2655 S. Le Jeune Road, #403, Coral Gables, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 7 court order. Alfano is further placed on probation for one year. ( Admitted to practice: 1993) Alfano failed to communicate basis or rate of fee or costs to client and shared legal fees with a nonlawyer. (Case no. SC06-745)

Christopher Laing Clark, P.O. Box 279025, Miramar, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a September 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) Among several Bar violations, Clark failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. (Case no. SC06-95)

Thomas V. Close, 13639 Exotica Lane, Wellington, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective immediately following a September 7 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1976) Close failed to comply with the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC06-724)

Frank Lino Diaz, 3400 Coral Way, Fl. 6, Miami, permanently disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a September 7 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1974) Diaz engaged in the practice of law while disbarred. (Case no. SC06-286)

John H. Eden IV, P.O. Box 2755, Inverness, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 21 court order. Eden is further placed on probation for 60 days. ( Admitted to practice: 1991) Eden entered into an agreement for, charged, or collected an illegal, prohibited or clearly excessive fee or cost. (Case no. SC06-631)

Paul D. Friedman, 1111 Brickell Ave., Suite 2050, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective 30 days following a September 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1978) Among several Bar violations, Friedman failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation; entered into an agreement for, charged or collected an illegal, prohibited, or clearly excessive fee or cost; and participated in offering or made an agreement in which a restriction on his right to practice was part of the settlement of a client controversy. (Case no. SC02-2430)

Vinette Morris Hudson, 1631 Rock Springs Road, No. 133, Apopka, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective 30 days following a September 28 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1991) Among several Bar violations, Hudson failed to comply with the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts; engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that was prejudicial to the administration of justice; and entered into a business transaction with a client or knowingly acquired an ownership, possessory, security, or other pecuniary interest adverse to a client. (Case nos. SC06-815 & SC06-864)

Christopher John MacQuarrie, 5025 S.E. 14th Place, Ocala, placed on probation for three years following an August 31 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1984) MacQuarrie committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his fitness as a lawyer in other respects and engaged in misconduct or minor misconduct. (Case no. SC05-2108)

Nira Kay Nevins, 607 Knollwood Drive, Middletown, N.J., disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a September 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1999) Nevins committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on her honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. (Case no. SC05-2030)

Patricia Elizabeth Nichols, 5943 S.W. 65th Ave., Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a September 25 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1990) On or about August 10, 2004, Nichols was named as a defendant in information filed in the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in and for Miami-Dade County. The information alleges that Nichols committed three counts of unlawful compensation. On or about September 28, 2005, Nichols entered a plea agreement in which she pled guilty to Count III of the information and was sentenced to one year of community control followed by two years probation. (Case no. SC06-1864)

Israel Perez, Jr., P.O. Box 832482, Miami, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, retroactive to January 1, effective October 31, following a September 14 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1982) Perez engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation and engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that was prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC06-1536)

Juan Carlos Perez, 1568 Normandy Drive, Miami Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for one year, effective 30 days following a September 7 court order. Upon reinstatement, Perez is further placed on probation for one year. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) Among several Bar violations, Perez failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case nos. SC06-288 and SC06-967)

David Jon Russ, 1617-B N.W. 16th Ave., Gainesville, suspended from practicing law in Florida for three years, effective immediately following a September 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1983) On or about June 29, 1998, Russ entered a plea of nolo contendere to two counts of arson of a structure and was ordered to serve probation and community control. (Case no. SC05-238)

Edward Anthony Shipe, 350 Camino Gardens Blvd., Suite 303, Boca Raton, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective 30 days following a September 7 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) Shipe engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that was prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC06-633)

Gary Anthony Siplin, 3007 Seabrook Ave., Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a September 1 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1982) Siplin was found guilty of felony charges in the circuit court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, in and for Orange County. (Case no. SC06-1683)

Delores Lori Wheeler, 1615 S. Eola Drive, Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for two years, effective 30 days following a September 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1989) Among several Bar violations, Wheeler failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and engaged in the practice of law that was prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case nos. SC05-1710 & SC06-145)

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.

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