The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 15 attorneys, disbarring two, suspending eight, reprimanding one, and revoking the licenses of four. Two attorneys were placed on probation and one attorney has been ordered to pay restitution.
Carl Robert Anderson, 5627 W. Cavedale Dr., Phoenix, AZ, suspended for one year effective immediately following an October 13 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2005) Anderson was held in contempt of the Court’s order, dated February 16, 2021, for failing to comply with Rule 3-5.1(h) requirements of notifying clients, opposing counsel and tribunals of his suspension. (Case No: SC21-1180)
Mark E. A. Bakay, 2431 Aloma Ave., Suite 254, Winter Park, suspended for one year and probation for two years effective 30 days following a September 30 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2004) Bakay and his client went to a car dealership where the client bought a vehicle. Bakay gave the dealership a check from his law office business account to hold until the client was able to provide his personal check after the receipt of some anticipated settlement funds. When the client failed to provide the promised check, the dealership deposited Bakay’s check, which was returned due to insufficient funds. The dealership successfully sued Bakay, and the court found that he committed fraud. A compliance audit of Bakay’s attorney trust account found that he commingled funds by placing earned fees in his trust account. (Case No: SC21-779)