The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined six attorneys, disbarring one, suspending four, and reprimanding one.

Michael Paul Brundage, 100 Main St., Suite 204, Safety Harbor, suspended for three years effective 30 days following a March 13 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) This matter involves four complaints in which Brundage failed to keep his clients informed during the representation, failed to act with reasonable diligence and competence, and failed to abide by objectives and scope of representation. Brundage also failed to respond to multiple orders, resulting in dismissal of three of the cases, and did not timely advise the clients of same. Brundage appealed the referee’s recommendation of one-year suspension of law. Brundage was suspended for three years upon consideration of appellate briefs and response to the court’s order to show cause why the referee’s recommended sanction of a one-year suspension should not be disapproved and a more severe sanction, up to and including a three-year suspension, be imposed. (Case No. SC22-0595)

Tara Gillette, New Port Richey/Dania, suspended for two years with conditions to be met prior to petitioning for reinstatement, effective immediately following a March 21 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2008) On March 1, 2022, Gillette pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance Without Prescription, a third-degree felony. On February 23, 2022, Gillette pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance Without Prescription, a third-degree felony; Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance, a third-degree felony; and Petit Theft, a second-degree misdemeanor. On February 14, 2022, Gillette pled guilty to Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, a third-degree felony; Trespass in Unoccupied Structure, a second-degree misdemeanor; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor. Gillette failed to notify the Bar of her arrests, charges, and convictions in the matters. Gillette successfully completed all terms and conditions of her criminal sentences. She cooperated with the Bar investigation and requested settlement. (Case No. SC23-1491)

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