A new attorney has been appointed to represent a client of Michelle Suskauer, the current president of the Florida Bar, after an investigation was opened against her over the involvement of a disbarred lawyer in her representation of a defendant facing money laundering charges.
Fort Lauderdale litigator Jonathan Friedman entered a notice of appearance as the attorney for Anthony D’Amico in the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday. D’Amico, who has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering, had previously been represented by Suskauer. However, D’Amico submitted a letter to U.S. District Senior Judge James Cohn on May 23 raising concerns about the Florida Bar president’s handling of his case. In his letter, D’Amico contended “every aspect” of his defense had been seen to by disbarred West Palm Beach attorney John Garcia.