JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three attorneys from northeast Florida received punishments handed down from the Florida Supreme Court recently. Investigations into lawyers are handled by the Florida Bar Association.
Thomas Harold Greene, Jr., was suspended indefinitely from the practice of law. An investigation by the FL Bar Association found that Greene misappropriated funds from his trust account, charged excessive fees in contingency cases, failed to make timely payments owed to third parties, and did not keep his personal funds separate from money he was holding in trust for clients and others. The Bar says Greene also failed to maintain trust account records and procedures, which violates Bar rules.
John D. Sauls III of Callahan was placed on probation for two years and a public reprimand. He also has to pay restitution totaling $2,400 to three clients. The Bar investigation says Sauls failed to communicate with three separate clients, never filed bankruptcy claims for those clients, and then closed his office without notifying those clients.
Robert Patrick Selzer of Jacksonville was suspended for thirty days effective Sept. 3. after taking $3,000 to handle a divorce for a client, the Bar determined that Selzer did not communicate with the client, and failed to attend court hearings. After the client complained to the Bar, a check of court records revealed the Selzer was already delinquent and ineligible to practice law. Slezer was ordered to pay the client $350.
Before you retain an attorney, you can make sure they are eligible to practice law in Florida by checking their profile on the Florida Bar Association's website