Disciplinary cases against Ramon Rodriguez and Jose "Pepe" Herrera are moving forward following the probable cause finding by a local grievance committee, Florida Bar spokeswoman Francine Walker said Friday.
The Florida Bar began investigating complaints against Rodriguez and Herrera for alleged misrepresentations to the court.
Herrera, who is represented by Herman Russomanno and Herman Russomanno III of Russomanno Borrello in Miami, was found to potentially have violated six Bar rules, including requiring candor toward the judge, maintaining the integrity of the profession and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
Herrera also was sued for legal malpractice last year as part of a lawsuit against former Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Maroño accusing the politician of fraud in the sale of a tow truck company and using his office to threaten a political rival. The suit alleged Herrera, who was hired to protect another towing company's interests, failed to disclose he had previously served as legal counsel to Maroño and did not obtain a conflict waiver.
Rodriguez, who is represented by Miami solo lawyer Maria Rubio, is facing one count of violating Bar rules requiring "meritorious claims and contentions."Julie is all over that Miccosukee thing today, having earlier reported on their advertisement for a new GC!
The latest GC, Bernardo Roman III of the Law Offices of Bernardo Roman III in Miami, was fired in May after serving since 2010. He was dismissed after the Florida Bar found probable cause to pursue a complaint claiming his conduct was deceitful and prejudicial to his client. He is awaiting a trial before a Bar referee and faces possible disbarment.
He and the tribe were sanctioned by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke in Miami and ordered to pay $1 million in fines for filing a racketeering case against previous tribal attorneys, which she dismissed as groundless.
Roman is represented by William K. Hill of Gunster in Miami.
What a tangled web.
Have a great three day weekend!