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About jcorsmeier

Joseph A. Corsmeier is an “AV” rated attorney practicing in Clearwater, Florida. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of defense of attorney disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, attorney admission matters before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and professional license and disciplinary matters before the Boards of the State of Florida. He provides expert analysis and opinion on conflict of interest and other attorney disqualification and legal malpractice issues and he testified as an expert in the Florida courts. He served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1986 to 1990 where he prosecuted felonies exclusively from June 1987, and as Bar Counsel for The Florida Bar’s Department of Lawyer Regulation from 1990 to 1998. He also practices in the areas of estate planning and Medicaid qualification, workers’ compensation, and labor law. Mr. Corsmeier is the author of numerous articles for various bar publications, has spoken at numerous local and statewide seminars on various topics, including ethics and professionalism, and was an instructor of legal ethics for paralegals at Rollins College until the Tampa campus closed. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his J.D. from Mercer University. He is admitted to practice in all Florida Courts, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations.

Pennsylvania lawyer disbarred after secretly referring his law firm’s clients to outside lawyers

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order disbarring a lawyer after his conviction for defrauding his law firm out of $3.4 million by secretly referring its personal injury clients to … Continue reading

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ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 492 addresses lawyer’s obligations to prospective clients after obtaining “significantly harmful” information

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent American Bar Association (ABA) Formal Ethics Opinion 492, which addresses the obligations of lawyers to prospective clients, including confidentiality, and conflicts of interest, including potential disqualifying conflicts … Continue reading

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Washington Supreme Court votes to eliminate the non-lawyer limited license technician (LLLT) program

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent Washington Supreme Court vote to eliminate the non-lawyer limited license legal technician (LLLT) program.  The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Debra L. Stephens, sent a letter … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court denies certiorari review of challenge to Wisconsin Bar’s mandatory bar dues

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court Order denying certiorari review of the challenge to mandatory bar dues in Wisconsin; however, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a dissent, which was joined by … Continue reading

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Two Texas lawyers arrested on conspiracy to commit murder charges in alleged plot to kill another lawyer

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent arrest of two lawyers in Waco, Texas, on charges of felony conspiracy to commit capital murder in an alleged plot to kill another attorney. According to media … Continue reading

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New Jersey lawyer suspended for, inter alia, revealing confidential information in review of former client’s business

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss recent New Jersey Supreme Court opinion which imposed a one year suspension on a lawyer for, inter alia, providing a negative public review of a client’s business on Yelp and … Continue reading

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Utah Supreme Court proposals would permit non-lawyers to own law firms and share fees with lawyers

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss recent Utah Supreme Court proposals which would permit non-lawyers to own law firms, share fees with lawyers, and make other significant revisions.  The link with the Utah Supreme Court … Continue reading

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ABA Formal Opinion 491 discusses a lawyer’s obligation to avoid counseling or assisting a client in a crime or fraud

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss recent ABA  Formal Opinion 491 (issued 4/29/20), which discusses and provides guidance regarding a lawyer’s obligation to avoid counseling or assisting in crime or fraud in non-litigation settings.  The … Continue reading

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Florida lawyer CLE reporting deadlines for March, April, May, June, and July 2020 extended to August 31, 2020

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent decision The Florida Bar’s BOG to further extend the February, March, April, May, June, and July 2020 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) reporting deadlines for Florida lawyers to … Continue reading

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