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The original version of this article incorrectly reported the length of a suspension for Miami Lakes attorney Anett Lopez was 90 days. Lopez was suspended for only 10 days.
Three South Florida attorneys were disbarred and another six attorneys received a suspension or public reprimand from the Florida Supreme Court.
John Anthony Garcia of West Palm Beach was permanently disbarred after being found in contempt for failing to comply with a March 4, 2008, court order. He was disbarred but continued to practice law.
Laurie Schrier of Boynton Beach was disbarred after being found in contempt for noncompliance. She continued practicing law while under suspension. She also failed to respond to an official Bar inquiry.
Richard Martin Nelson of Weston was granted a disciplinary revocation, which is tantamount to disbarment. He was charged with organized fraud and grand theft unrelated to the representation of a client. He may seek readmission in five years.
William L. Rogers of Aventura was suspended for 18 months. Upon reinstatement, he will be on probation for an additional 18 months. The case involved a petition for emergency suspension out of concern he was causing great public harm. After a trial before a referee, Rogers was found guilty of misusing client funds as a result of negligent conduct. He was also found guilty of commingling funds.
Jeffrey Allan Rosenberg of Boca Raton was suspended for 90 days and ordered to pay $42,000 in restitution for failing to properly supervise nonlawyers who provided paralegal services for the law firm’s loan modification clients. The nonlawyers, unbeknownst to Rosenberg, fraudulently solicited and received additional funds from three complainants outside the law firm.
Daniel Craig Minkes of Miami was suspended for 91 days. He represented a client in two criminal matters but twice failed to appear for trial, each time asking a public defender to cover for him. He was subsequently fired by the client and failed to respond to the Bar’s letters or attend the grievance committee’s evidentiary hearing. In a second matter, Minkes was found guilty of a misdemeanor obstruction of justice and resisting arrest without violence. He also was arrested for disorderly intoxication at a police station.
Anett Lopez of Miami Lakes received a 10-day suspension for overdrawing trust accounts because she made disbursements against the deposit of an insurance settlement before the deposit was collected. In another instance, Lopez failed to work diligently on a child custody case, and it was dismissed for lack of prosecution. She also failed to keep the client reasonably informed about the case.
Daniel Eric Jonas of Miami was suspended for 60 days. Jonas was paid $1,500 to pursue a lawsuit. In April 2009, he told the client the matter was scheduled for mediation. Efforts to communicate with Jonas after that were futile. The case was dismissed for lack of prosecution in April 2010. The client filed a grievance against Jonas, and he failed to respond to two Bar letters.
Richard Bernard Celler of Davie is to be publicly reprimanded by publication in the Southern Reporter. He was disqualified from representing federal plaintiffs because of misconduct after communing with an officer of the opposing party. He also engaged in conduct that disparaged an opposing counsel and adversely affected the attorney’s relationship with his client.