The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 26 attorneys, disbarring two, revoking the license of 12, suspending nine, and reprimanding three. Three attorneys were also given probation. Attorneys suspended for periods of 91 days and longer must undergo a rigorous process to regain their law licenses including proving rehabilitation. Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment.
Richard Edward Benton, 1415 Piedmont Drive E., Suite 4, Tallahassee, disciplinary revocation effective immediately following a June 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1976) Complaints filed regarding Benton involves three probate cases in which clients alleged that Benton failed to communicate and failed to diligently handle their legal matters. In one instance, he failed to disburse the client’s inheritance for two years. Benton also failed to respond to the Bar or the grievance committee. (Case No: SC20-384)
Mary Catherine Bonner, 1315 South Ocean Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, suspended effective 30 days from a June 22 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1979) Bonner failed to respond both to Florida Bar inquiries and the Supreme Court’s order to show cause. She is suspended until she fully responds in writing to the Bar inquiry, and until further order of the court. (Case No: SC20-667)