As a Director of Baron’s Stores, Inc., I am responsible for assisting in the wind down following Baron’s liquidated Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Florida Bar, in my opinion, has engaged in criminal activity, which has interfered with my ability to fulfill my fiduciary responsibilities. The alleged criminal activities include a breach of the following:
- Honest Services
- Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law
- Mail Fraud, and
- Sherman Anti Trust
The Florida Bar is a mandatory organization of all lawyers who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Florida to practice law in the state. John Harkness, Esq., is the Executive Director of The Florida Bar. Mr. Harkness’ core function is to oversee the prosecution of unethical lawyers. Mr. Harkness’ responsibilities conflict with his position as a Director on the Board of The Florida Bar’s created malpractice carrier, Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company. As a Director on the Board of the insurance company, Mr. Harkness’ duties include vigorously defending any attorney accused of ethical violations and legal malpractice, who are insured by FLMIC. Yet, Mr. Harkness has held these conflicted dual positions for more than a decade.
Earlier this year, I penned an OpEd piece for the South Florida Sun-Sentineloutlining what I had learned about the Florida Bar. The response from the community was overwhelming and immediate. As a result of conversations with Florida lawyers, and insurance professionals, as well as my fiduciary responsibilities in having to deal with the courts, “Disbar The Florida Bar,” was born. This non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation was formed to cause the removal of The Florida Bar as the controlling and regulatory entity for Florida lawyers and to re-create a level playing field for all Florida attorneys and their clients.
I am seeking input from others in the state of Florida who feel that they have been wronged by The Florida Bar. This input will be aired through live interviews on WZAB 880 AM Miami every weekday from 2:00 – 3:00 PM., thru Thursday, May 13, 2010. Call 305-773-5167 to discuss your experiences with the Florida Bar on the air.
The show will also host interviews with candidates vying for State offices, members of the Judiciary, Executive and Legislative branches, as well as Law Professors, Insurance Executives, and other professionals. The objective is to educate the public about issues with The Florida Bar, both as a regulatory agency under The Supreme Court of Florida, and an Association/Union mandating membership in a Right to Work state. If you would like to be interviewed, please click the contact link. We already have numerous attorneys lined up to come forward to tell their story of how The Florida Bar has used the disciplinary process against them while allowing unethical attorneys, insured by FLMIC, to go unpunished.
Hopefully, with enhanced public awareness, attorneys and elected officials will act to remove The Florida Bar and The Florida Bar’s connections from power.
As a 501(c)(4) entity, your support will not be tax deductible as a charitable donation. It will, however, be private information. Your support for this project is needed and greatly appreciated. Just click this easy support link and help educate Floridians about this very important issue.
President – “Disbar The Florida Bar, Inc.”
11975 West Dixie Highway, North Miami, Florida 33161