Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Local attorney suspended after Florida Supreme Court decision

By James Cannon

A local attorney was recently suspended for three years after a decision by the Florida Supreme Court.

S.A. Siddiqui, of St. Augustine, was suspended for three years effective 30 days following a Feb. 1 court order. He had been admitted to the state bar to practice law in 2005.

In one matter, Siddiqui failed to competently and timely pursue the client’s family law matter and misrepresented to the client the status of the case, according to a recent statement from the Florida Bar.

In a second matter, Siddiqui failed to competently represent the client in his criminal case and failed to appear for jury selection. In a third matter, Siddiqui failed to appear for court and misrepresented to the court that he did not receive notice of the court hearing, the statement continued.

In total, The Florida Bar, the state’s guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announced the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 17 attorneys, disbarring three, revoking the licenses of one, suspending 10 and reprimanding three.

As an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court, the Bar and its Department of Lawyer Regulation are charged with administering a statewide disciplinary system to enforce Supreme Court rules of professional conduct for the more than 108,000 members of The Florida Bar.

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