He's Back!

Tan, ready, and rehabilitated:
Henry "Hank" Adorno, whose law firm collapsed after he mishandled a class action settlement, can practice law again.

The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated Adorno's license, which was suspended for three years in October 2010.

Adorno once ran the nation's largest minority-owned law firm, Adorno & Yoss, with about 200 lawyers in offices scattered throughout the country.

But he was the target of a Florida Bar investigation for his handling of the city of Miami over an unconstitutional fire fee. The $7 million settlement was divvied up between his Coral Gables-based firm and seven people but delivered no refunds to Miami taxpayers.

Adorno strongly denied wrongdoing, but his law firm started unraveling.

Since then, he has been working in real estate development and living in South Carolina, said his friend and former Adorno & Yoss partner Charles Tatelbaum, now at Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale.
Adorno could not be reached for comment, but Tatelbaum said his friend deeply missed being a lawyer.
Hail yes he misses being a lawyer -- "working in real estate development and living in South Carolina" -- that's punishment enough!
"I've got a hot Waffle House property just behind the old Red Carpet Inn, trust me this sucker's gonna blow!"
Sheesh, I'm glad they let the guy back in.


  1. Well if it wasn't for Hank's ethical misconduct my firm wouldn't have gotten 2 very good attorneys who jumped that ship before it went under.

    Thanks Hank!

  2. funny waffle house stuff SFL

  3. I would have crushed that fire alarm case. Or whatever.

  4. wish all those "very good attorneys" could go back to the one place they belong - their old firm adorno zeder...

  5. What the guy did in the fire tax case was outrageous. A 13-year-old would have understood that. If he wasn't aware of what he was doing, he shouldn't have been handling the case. Hope he learned his lesson while he was out hawking real estate.

  6. Thanks for the update. I'm sure he's ready to be a lawyer again, especially since he's been through the alternative. I don't think there's much question about what he'd rather be doing.

    Jenn | http://www.derekfriendlawfirm.com/

  7. Hank Adorno was an attorney who gave a lot back to this community. He devoted many hours to kids and their issues. He was a very effective advocate in the courtroom
    Welcome back, Hank!

  8. @3:41--I don't disagree.A 13 year old should have known it was wrong but apparently the sitting Circuit Court Judge who initially approved the settlement did not.

  9. Lew Freeman and Hank Adorno are going to start a new firm.

  10. to 9:38 - the Miami City Attorney was also in it. This guy kept great company. Now we can have a big parade for Mr. Adorno and all the big Machers can line up and kiss his ass, just as the City Fathers did for Monty Trainer when he returned from prison after serving time for tax evasion. Of course, our host and moderator sadly will be there, too, per his comment. I'm not saying Adorno shouldn't be let back in. Just let him stew in anonymity and ponder what might have been.


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