The recent case of The Florida Bar vs. Cyrus A. Bischoff, SC14-2049, March 2, 2017 illustrates the point that Federal Court is not for beginners. This article will not address the potential issues with the sanction in this case as this article is intended as a cautionary admonition to lawyers in general. Having said that, before you litigate in Federal Court make sure you know the law and procedure. It is imperative that the practitioner have experience with the rules of procedure. That experience can come from numerous sources not the least of which would be mentoring. The strict rules and regulations that govern federal litigation must be adhered to by the practitioner and requires knowledge obtained from numerous sources.
The State Bar of California has approved a new rule that forbids attorneys from having sex with their clients. The new rule will allow the California Bar to discipline lawyers who have sexual relationships with their clients.
In Florida this prohibition can be found in Rule 4-8.4(i) and reads as follows:
A Michigan lawyer should be disbarred for alleged online and resumé lies about his law firm, law licenses, work history and participation on a U.S. Olympic team, according to the state attorney discipline board.
Lawyer Ali Zaidi made misrepresentations that “run the gamut from outlandish and extravagant to what might be termed modifications of his record inspired by some actual events,” according to the Jan. 11 opinion affirming a hearing panel’s order of disbarment.
The Supreme Court of Florida on November 14th, 2013 issued two opinions which should be of interest to the members of the Florida Bar
The case of Jared Stolz should serve as a friendly reminder to members of the Florida Bar that professionalism must always be maintained.
This case illustrates the Court’s continuing upward trend concerning the amount of discipline imposed and the likelihood of the Court to reverse the referee’s recommended discipline by imposing increased length of suspension.