11 South Florida Attorneys Disciplined
Loring Spolter, a Fort Lauderdale labor and employment attorney who made personal attacks against a federal judge, has been suspended for a year by the Florida Supreme Court.
The suspension was one of 10 disciplinary actions against South Florida attorneys announced Wednesday.
In four cases before U.S. District Judge William Zloch, Spolter alleged the judge rigged judicial assignments to dismiss his cases, violated federal ethics rules and was biased in employment discrimination cases. After a federal magistrate reviewed the allegations and found they amounted to personal attacks, Zloch banned Spolter from practicing in the Southern District of Florida for 3½ years and fined him $100,000.
Palm Beach Circuit Judge Peter Evans, acting as referee in the state disciplinary case, noted in his 2012 findings that Spolter was never truly remorseful and "continued to make the same frivolous allegations against Judge Zloch throughout the grievance proceedings." Evans recommended a 91-day suspension, but the Supreme Court opted for the more severe punishment.
In other cases, Stephen Glass of Miami was permanently disbarred for taking money to represent a client after being disbarred in 1994.
Jeffrey McCann of Palm Beach Gardens was disbarred for going to court without a client and telling the court the client agreed to pay the full amount of a claim. The client denied any such agreement and was not aware of the hearing. The client thought the case had been dismissed and was not aware of the judgment against him until it appeared on a credit report.
Julio Ferrer Roo of Miami was disbarred for violating the terms of a suspension order. He did not give The Florida Bar a sworn affidavit of the people notified of his suspension.
The Supreme Court granted George Nachwalter's request for a disciplinary revocation without leave to seek readmission, which is the equivalent of a disbarment. The Miami attorney had pending complaints involving allegations of trust account irregularities.
Wilfredo Allen of Miami was suspended for 30 days. He failed to timely file a petition in an immigration case, resulting in its denial, and his client was unable to secure any type of permanent status in the United States.
Laura Spender of Miami was suspended until further order after she was convicted of attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, a third-degree felony.
Kathleen Davis of Greenacres was suspended until further order after she was found in contempt for failing to respond to multiple bar inquiries.
Harvey Cohen of Plantation received a public reprimand. After a case was dismissed and a judgment entered against Cohen's client, he advised the client to consider transferring ownership of an asset to a relative so it would not be subject to the judgment.
Theodore Swaebe of Miami was publicly reprimanded for failing to return calls or otherwise keep six clients adequately informed.