Three Palm Beach County attorneys are among 15 statewide who were recently disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court, according to the Florida Bar. They are:
Jonathan Paltiel Flom, of Palm Beach, lost his ability to practice law in January. He can seek readmission after five years. Admitted to the practice of law in 1993, his license was revoked after he was convicted of money laundering in federal court in New York.
Avery Spencer Chapman, of Wellington, is to be publicly reprimanded and was ordered to attend a trust accounting workshop by the high court in January. Admitted to practice law in 2001, the Bar said Chapman represented a client who wired substantial money into the attorney’s trust account. Chapman was authorized to draw compensation from the account. When the client relationship ended, Chapman discovered a shortfall, which he reimbursed to the client. A Bar audit found no evidence of intentional misappropriation, but that he was negligent with bookkeeping and commingled client trust funds.
Alexandra Rodriguez, of Boca Raton, was suspended from the practice of law for 91 days in January. Admitted to practice in 2007, the Bar says she failed to diligently represent a client after she was retained. She knowingly misinformed the client about the status of a case. When the client confronted Rodriguez about a discrepancy between what was in the court’s file and what she was being told, Rodriguez said she was withdrawing from the case.