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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.

Florida Bar Board of Governors reverses advertising opinion and finds that solicitation rules apply to targeted social media

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent Florida Bar Board of Governors (BOG)  reversal of a Florida Bar advertising committee opinion that found that targeted social media advertisements were not subject to the solicitation … Continue reading

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New York removes current mental health and impairment question from NY Bar admission application

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent decision by New York to eliminate the current mental health question regarding current mental, emotional, psychiatric, nervous or behavioral disorder or condition, or alcohol, drug or other … Continue reading

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Florida Bar Ethics Committee votes to publish proposed opinion providing guidance in responding to negative online reviews

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent vote by the Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee (PEC) to publish a proposed ethics advisory opinion providing guidance to lawyers in responding to negative online reviews and … Continue reading

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Advanced Registered Paralegal program allowing limited practice sent to Bar Rules Committee for review

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will update the status of the Advanced Florida Registered Paralegal designation as part of the Florida Registered Paralegal Program in Chapter 20, the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. As I previously … Continue reading

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Proposed North Carolina Bar ethics opinion states that lawyers may only make “restrained” responses to negative online reviews

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss recent proposed North Carolina Bar 2020 Formal Ethics Opinion 1, which states that lawyers are prohibited from revealing confidential information in response to a negative online post; however, the … Continue reading

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Ohio lawyer held in contempt and ordered to promise not to engage in disruptive conduct 25 times in “legible” handwriting

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent contempt order by an Ohio judge for a lawyer’s disruptive conduct which fined the lawyer $500.00 and required him to promise 25 times in “legible” handwriting not … Continue reading

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