Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.

Attorneys who were charged with securities violations and insurance fraud are among 11 South Florida lawyers disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court granted a petition by Mark Mayer Spatz of Fort Lauderdale for a disciplinary revocation with leave to seek readmission after five years. He was charged in September along with five other South Florida personal injury attorney with participating in a personal injury protection insurance fraud kickback scheme.

The court granted a petition by retired attorney Ronny Jay Halperin of Aventura for a disciplinary revocation, which is tantamount to disbarment, with leave to seek readmission to the bar after five years. He was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with violating securities registration and fraud laws with companies offering housing to Haitian earthquake victims and fuel cell research.

Aura Olivas of Coral Gables was disbarred effective immediately and ordered to pay $305,000  restitution to a client. The Florida Bar charged she intentionally misappropriated client trust funds owed to a client and failed to respond to written bar inquiries and a subpoena to produce trust account records.

Christopher Steven Jones of Miami was disbarred effective immediately after he was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a June 2 suspension order. He was required to notify his clients, opposing counsel and tribunals of his suspension and send the bar of his notification list but did not comply.

Erwin Rosenberg of Miami Beach was permanently disbarred after he was found in contempt for violating the terms of an April 15, 2016, disbarment order. He continued to practice law after disbarment and repeatedly challenged the court’s authority to disbar him.

 

SUSPENSIONS

Melissa A. Heaton of Cooper City was suspended indefinitely after pleading no contest to a felony drug possession charge and failing to notify the bar of her criminal case.

Mizell Campbell Jr. of Hollywood was suspended indefinitely after a bar investigation indicated he commingled trust and personal funds and misappropriated nearly $20,000 of client funds for his own benefit.

Gregg R. Lopez of Miami was suspended for three years after he was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a March 21 suspension order requiring him to notify clients, opposing counsel and tribunals of his suspension and send the bar of his notification list.

George Joseph Charnota of Coral Gables was suspended for three years after he was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a Jan. 19 suspension order. He was required to show proof of paying two clients a total of $8,500 restitution, required to notify clients, opposing counsel and tribunals of his suspension and send the bar his notification list.

Kenneth Joseph Kukec of Miami was suspended for a year after he was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a March 2 suspension order requiring him to notify clients, opposing counsel and tribunals of his suspension and send the bar of his notification list.

David Andrew Jaynes of West Palm Beach was suspended for 91 days after he was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a March 22 suspension order requiring him to notify clients, opposing counsel and tribunals of his suspension and send the bar of his notification list.