Florida Bar Considers Reinstating Hank Adorno

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Henry "Hank" Adorno

The Florida Bar has been asked to recommend reinstatement for Henry "Hank" Adorno, the former Coral Gables attorney whose law license was suspended in 2010.

Bar spokeswoman Francine Walker said no decision has been made on Adorno's license. A stipulated reinstatement would have to be approved by The Bar's director of lawyer regulation and board of governors. The Florida Supreme Court has final say on Adorno's license.

At a status conference Wednesday, Adorno was absent, but his attorney and former partner George Yoss attended.

Bar counsel Tonya Avery told Broward Circuit Judge Jack Tuter, the referee in the case, that she received a call Friday about Adorno that she still needs to investigate.

"There are no negative comments from the public?" Tuter asked. "Are there any sworn statements? If you have a stipulated agreement, I'll sign off on it."

Avery said any stipulation would have to be signed by her supervisor. She and Yoss appeared on friendly terms and sat next to each other before the hearing.

In November, The Bar ran an ad in the Daily Business Review seeking comment from "any persons having knowledge bearing upon petitioner's fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law."

Adorno once headed Adorno & Yoss, one of the nation's largest minority-owned law firms. He was suspended in 2010 for three years for mishandling a class action settlement by not paying refunds to Miami taxpayers who paid an unconstitutional fire fee. Money went only to seven people and Adorno's firm. The deal was reversed after the details came out.

Adorno steadfastly denied wrongdoing, but his law firm collapsed as a result of the scandal.

He has been living in Atlanta since his suspension and is a business consultant. Yoss asked Wednesday if details of Adorno's business contracts and bank statements could be redacted from the case record.

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