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By Debra Cassens Weiss
April 22, 2011
Corrected: The Florida Supreme Court ordered a three-year suspension for Miami lawyer Henry “Hank” Adorno, the one-time name partner at Adorno & Yoss before it disbanded.
The troubled Florida law firm announced its dissolution in March after Adorno resigned from the firm following disclosure of his ethics troubles. His departure came after he was suspended from law practice last year and ordered to show cause why he should not be suspended for up to three years or disbarred for his role in negotiating a $7 million settlement that was later vacated.
The court rejected a referee’s recommendation that Adorno receive a public reprimand, report the Legal Profession Blog and the National Law Journal. The three-year suspension is the most severe sanction short of disbarment, according to the opinion (PDF).
Adorno had negotiated a $7 million settlement that would compensate only seven plaintiffs out of several thousand potential claimants in a lawsuit that challenged Miami’s fire fees. The law firm was to get $2 million of that amount. Read more here
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