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Self-Representation

Should I Represent Myself?

Many Florida lawyers read the “Attorney Discipline” section in the Florida Bar News with a morbid curiosity. Whose name might be in there? What ethical lapses did they commit? Surely, no Florida attorney wants to see his or her name published there. Defending Florida Bar complaints is a primary focus of our practice.

Upon being notified of a Florida Bar grievance complaint, a lawyer should review the terms of any malpractice policy, as it may include a duty to report the fact of a bar complaint. Some insurance policies will pay the cost of defending a bar disciplinary proceeding.

Self-Representation in Bar Cases

With respect, the adage about “a fool for a client” holds true in defending a Florida Bar complaint. Most lawyers are not truly effective advocates when acting as their own Florida bar defense attorney. Being too close to any case will affect any lawyer’s objectivity. Due to having a personal stake in the outcome of a Florida Bar complaint or grievance, an accused lawyer can act rashly when probity and caution are a better option. And, a lack of familiarity in this area of law can result in missteps or failing to take advantage of opportunities.

It is prudent to have experienced Florida Bar defense counsel at your side as early as possible. This cannot be overstated. We can help you fight for justice. Contact The Geer Law Firm before defending any Florida Bar complaint.