On Thursday, February 22, 2024, the Supreme Court of Florida granted attorney Dennis Joseph Szafran’s petition for disciplinary revocation of his law license with leave to seek readmission after five years.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Dennis Joseph Szafran,” with case no. SC2024-0124.

Szafran has been a member of The Florida Bar since 2015. However, he was facing over 50 disciplinary complaints that had been filed against him by former clients. These complaints spanned issues like excessive fees, neglect of cases, inadequate communication, interference with the administration of justice, and failure to properly handle client funds or maintain trust accounts.

In his January 29, 2024, petition to the Supreme Court, Szafran admitted there was probable cause for disciplinary action in at least two of the pending cases against him. He claimed that granting the disciplinary revocation would not adversely impact the public, courts, or confidence in the legal profession. Szafran agreed to reimburse the Client Security Fund for any money paid out to clients due to his misconduct.

Szafran also agreed in his petition to surrender his law license, cease practicing law, submit to an audit of any trust accounts, provide a financial affidavit to the Bar, maintain a current address registered with the Bar for five years, and reimburse the Bar for costs associated with his disciplinary cases. He asserted this voluntary revocation was the most appropriate resolution, rather than contesting the numerous complaints through the usual disciplinary processes.

In its order, the Supreme Court approved Szafran’s petition.

The Disposition states:

“The uncontested petition for disciplinary revocation, as provided by Rule 3-7.12, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, with leave to seek readmission after five years, is granted subject to the continuing jurisdiction of this Court…. Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment…. The disciplinary revocation shall be effective thirty days from the date of this order, so that petitioner can close out his practice and protect the interests of existing clients.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Szafran was a probate attorney in Tampa, Florida. He attended the Southwestern University School of Law, graduating in 2014. He acquired his law license in Florida in 2015.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.