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Scott Rothstein’s partners in the defunct Fort Lauderdale law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler were among nine South Florida attorneys disciplined by the state Supreme Court.
Stuart Alan Rosenfeldt of Fort Lauderdale was disbarred after pleading guilty to a felony conspiracy count in federal court. Rosenfeldt’s defense attorney Bruce Lehr has repeatedly said Rosenfeldt was not charged with any Ponzi-related crime, but he admitted a fraud conspiracy related to Scott Rothstein criminal activities.
Rothstein is serving a 50-year prison sentence for his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
Prosecutors said Rosenfeldt was part of a general practice of check kiting at RRA, resulting in bank losses of more than $478,900. Rosenfeldt also was reimbursed for funneling money to the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. John McCain, and for helping Rothstein threaten a prostitute who talked about going public about her relationship with Rosenfeldt.
The other name partner, Russell S. Adler of Delray Beach, was disbarred for his March guilty plea to a count of conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act and to defraud the United States. Adler was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for making illegal campaign contributions at Rothstein’s behest.
Three South Florida attorneys were granted disciplinary revocation, the equivalent of disbarment.
Bernard H. Butts Jr. of Davie was given leave to seek readmission from his disciplinary revocation after five years. Butts had a Bar case and a civil case pending alleging that he failed to preserve and apply escrow funds connected to an investment venture.
Beverly A. Linton-Davis of Hollywood had disciplinary charges pending for failing to disclose to the Bar her pending felony charges of mail fraud, to which she pled guilty. She may seek readmission from her disciplinary revocation after five years.
Anthony Martin Livoti Jr. of Fort Lauderdale was granted disciplinary revocation for a disciplinary proceeding pending due to a 2013 felony conviction. He may seek readmission after five years.
David Bradley Dohner of Hallandale Beach was suspended until further order, following a July 3 court order. Dohner was found in contempt for failing to respond to official Bar inquiries regarding three separate cases.
Janice L. Jennings of West Palm Beach was suspended until further order. According to a petition for emergency suspension order, the suspension is necessary for the protection of the public. The Florida Bar became aware of statements and conduct by Jennings which raised grave concerns about her mental state.
Paul Bradford Woods of Miami was suspended for 91 days. Woods was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a Dec. 5, 2013, suspension order. He did not timely submit a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that were furnished a copy of his suspension order or attend a required Practice and Professionalism Enhancement Program.
Adam Ira Skolnik of Deerfield Beach was suspended for 15 days, effective Aug. 8. Skolnik swore under oath that a statement was true, when in fact he knew that it was not.