On Thursday, January 11, 2024, the Supreme Court of Florida suspended attorney Emily Christine Williams from the practice of law for 91 days. The suspension stems from complaints filed with The Florida Bar in 2021 regarding Williams’ representation of clients at the Jacksonville law firm Your Jacksonville Lawyer, P.A.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Emily Christine Williams,” with case no. SC2022-1778.

The Bar alleged Williams failed to properly communicate with clients, neglected cases, failed to respond to court orders, provided incompetent representation, and attempted to coerce a client into not filing a bar complaint.

An amended report from the referee overseeing the disciplinary proceedings provides more details of the accusations. In one case, Williams filed for divorce for a client but failed to respond to the opposing party’s counter-petition, resulting in a default judgment and prejudicing the client. In another, Williams neglected to file a real estate partition case for months, missing critical deadlines.

The referee’s report outlines eight separate Bar complaint files opened against Williams during her tenure at the Jacksonville law firm. It noted Williams was assigned more cases than she could effectively manage with the firm’s limited staff. However, it also found Williams committed minor misconduct through negligence rather than willful intent to violate her ethical duties.

Both Williams and the Bar agreed to a 91-day suspension, along with requirements that Williams complete a rehabilitation program during the suspension period and close out all current client matters. The Florida Supreme Court approved this amended consent judgment on January 11, suspending Williams effective 30 days from the date of the order so she can wrap up existing client representations in an ethical manner.

The court’s order directs Williams to comply fully with rules regulating suspended attorneys, including accepting no new clients, notifying all current clients of her suspension, and refunding any unearned fees. Once her suspension ends, Williams can then seek reinstatement to the Bar through further proceedings.

The Disposition states:

“The uncontested amended report of the referee is approved and Respondent is suspended from the practice of law for ninety-one days, effective thirty days from the date of this order so that Respondent can close out her practice and protect the interests of existing clients.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Williams is a family attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended the Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. She acquired her law license in Florida in 2009.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.