Thursday, July 31, 2008

Local attorneys disciplined by Florida Bar

Ludmilla Lelis

Sentinel Staff Writer

3:30 PM EDT, July 29, 2008

Orlando attorney Steven C. Blinn was disbarred and Port Orange attorney Jeffrey Louis Clements was suspended, according to the disciplinary notice released today by the Florida Bar.

They were among 22 attorneys facing disciplinary action by the Florida Supreme Court, following investigations by the bar.

Blinn, who first became an attorney in 1986, has been disbarred for five years, for using client funds for personal use, according to the notice. He had already been suspended following an arrest on grand theft and cocaine charges.

Clements is suspended from practice until early October and then will be placed on probation for a year, during which he must attend an ethics class. The bar investigation found that in ten cases, he failed to take actions to represent his clients, including abandoning a woman who hired him for a civil lawsuit and failing to properly file a bankruptcy.

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