Florida Supreme Court Disbars Two Palm Beach Attorneys

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Anthony T. Lepore of Pembroke Pines got a 91-day suspension in the robo-signing scandal. For several years, he signed thousands of foreclosure affidavits for the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson without the presence of a notary public.

Mark Alexander Hutner of Miami got a three-year suspension for a bounced check. In August 2011, a bank notified The Bar that Hutner issued $13,150 check from his trust account with insufficient funds. The bank honored the check, and Hutner repaid the bank.

Jolyon W. Morris of Miami got a 90-day suspension after The Bar found he paid himself from a client's marital settlement agreement before getting her permission.

Reprimands

Michael H. Blacker of Miami was reprimanded for a real estate transaction error. After selling his house, he learned it was encumbered by a home equity mortgage he and his wife had previously applied for. He mistakenly thought it was a personal loan.

Scott M. Newman of Boca Raton was reprimanded after pleading guilty in November 2012 and February 2013 to misdemeanor drunken driving. He also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest without violence. He was placed on probation and his license was suspended.

In addition to a reprimand, Henry N. Portner of Wellington must pay $4,390 restitution to two clients. He failed to adequately assist nonlawyer employees hired to assist with loan modifications. He also failed to adequately communicate with clients.

Jorge Rivera at the Immigration Group firm in Miami was reprimanded after admitting his law firm used a retainer agreement since 2007 containing language seeking to limit the firm's liability for malpractice.

Michael D. Stewart of Miami was reprimanded for failing to adequately communicate with clients on three separate occasions.

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