The same judge who oversaw suspended Coral Gables lawyer Henry “Hank” Adorno’s disciplinary hearing—and recommended a public reprimand—will preside over his petition to reinstate his law license.
Chief Broward Circuit Judge Peter Weinstein on Tuesday appointed Circuit Judge Jack Tuter as the referee to consider Adorno’s petition to the Florida Supreme Court.
Adorno was suspended by the Florida Supreme Court for three years for mishandling a class action settlement with the city of Miami. A fire fee collected from Miami taxpayers was ruled unconstitutional, but the settlement returned money to only seven people while reserving a large award for legal fees. The deal was ejected after the details became public.
Tuter recommended a reprimand after a show of support from movers and shakers in South Florida’s legal community. That recommendation was swept aside by the Supreme Court, which imposed a much harsher punishment—suspension.
In a petition filed last month by former law partner George Yoss, Adorno claims he has fulfilled all the requirements of rehabilitation, including paying costs, notifying clients of the suspension and offering “evidence of unimpeachable character and moral standing in the community.”
Adorno was the co-founder and former managing partner of Adorno & Yoss, at one time one of the largest minority-owned law firms in the country. The firm spectacularly collapsed after his suspension.