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Michelle Suskauer

Michelle R. Suskauer is a West Palm Beach Criminal Lawyer and an AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. She...

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Adria Quintela is staff counsel and director of Lawyer Regulation for The Florida Bar. She supervises the operations of...

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The Florida Bar Disciplinary Review Committee (DRC) oversees the prosecution and appeals for disciplinary violations by Florida lawyers. When a client, opposing counsel, or judge files a complaint against an attorney, it goes through a preliminary investigation, geological branch investigation, and then is sent to a grievance committee to determine probable cause. The DRC oversees this process and committee board members review each case before it is sent to the Florida Supreme Court, making recommendations on disciplinary action, dismissal, or requesting additional review. Additionally, members of the DRC recommend policy lawyer regulation and other disciplinary matters. What does the average Florida lawyer need to know to avoid this process?

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Adria Quintela, Florida Bar director of lawyer regulation, and Michelle Suskauer, chairperson of the Disciplinary Review Committee, about trends in the way the Florida Supreme Court is treating disciplinary actions, the top issues causing lawyers to receive complaints, and the proper course of action within the grievance process. Adria discusses the Florida Bar’s process in dealing with complaints and explains that the largest problems come from a lack of client-lawyer communication. Most complaints could be avoided, she explains, by picking up the phone or sending an email. Michelle discusses the Supreme Court’s decreased tolerance for unprofessional behavior and how it might relate to technology, social media, and far-reaching media attention. She has noticed that lawyers receive complaints due to disorganization and missing deadlines. Florida lawyers should note that these issues are avoidable and, for the most part, unintentional, but will end up on a permanent record.

Michelle Suskauer, is a West Palm Beach criminal lawyer, serves on The Florida Bar Board of Governors, 15th Judicial Circuit, and is chairperson of the Disciplinary Review Committee. She is also a nationally known legal analyst who has made hundreds of television and radio appearances. Her leadership roles include past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, vice president of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, and past president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter.

Adria Quintela is staff counsel and director of Lawyer Regulation for The Florida Bar. She supervises the operations of the entire Lawyer Regulation Department of The Florida Bar, including direct supervision of the Chief Branch Discipline Counsel in each of the five branch offices of the department. She has been with the Florida Bar for 19 years, but previously handled commercial litigation for a Miami law firm and was a plaintiff’s trial attorney for Krupnick & Campbell, a Ft. Lauderdale law firm.


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Published: June 17, 2015
Podcast: The Florida Bar Podcast
Category: Best Legal Practices
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