On Thursday, November 16, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a complaint against Attorney Jean Gerard Legagneur, Jr. in the Supreme Court, alleging that Legagneur had engaged in professional misconduct.
The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Jean Gerard Legagneur, Jr.,” with case number 2020-50,050(15E).
The charges cited Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 3-4.3, 3-4.4, 4-8.4(a), 4-8.4(b) and 4-8.4(c) which states:
The commission by a lawyer of any act that is unlawful or contrary to honesty and justice may constitute a cause for discipline whether the act is committed in the course of the lawyer’s relations as a lawyer or otherwise, whether committed within Florida or outside the state of Florida, and whether the act is a felony or a misdemeanor.
The Florida Bar may initiate disciplinary action regardless of whether the respondent has been tried, acquitted, or convicted in court for an alleged criminal misdemeanor or felony offense… If a respondent is acquitted in a criminal proceeding that acquittal is not a bar to disciplinary proceedings. Likewise, the findings, judgment, or decree of any court in civil proceedings is not necessarily binding in disciplinary proceedings.
A lawyer shall not violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another.
A lawyer shall not commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.
A lawyer shall not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
The complaint stemmed from Legagneur’s guilty plea to one count of Issuing a False Financial Statement, a misdemeanor, in the Supreme Court of the City of New York. According to the complaint, Legagneur had been acting in concert with co-defendant Carlos Keyes (aka Carlos Fernandez) and had caused three victims – Jordan Rhodes, Keith G. Myers, and Kathy Macias – to lose a total of at least one million. Legagneur had admitted to making false representations to the victims, including sending them false “proof of funds” letters and disbursing the money they had wired into his escrow account to himself, co-defendants, and other individuals and entities unrelated to the film projects they were investing in.
The complaint detailed three separate judgments by confession that Legagneur had entered into with the victims. In the first judgment, through an Affidavit of Judgment by Confession dated February 14, 2022, Legagneur confessed to causing Jordan Rhodes and M&J Film Production LLC to lose at least $277,448.00. In the second judgment, filed on the same date, Legagneur confessed to causing Keith G. Myers to lose at least $158,030.00. In the third judgment, Legagneur confessed as well to causing Kathy Macias and her company JM Capital Investment LLC to lose at least $601,970.00.
The Florida Bar’s complaint alleged that Legagneur’s actions constituted professional misconduct, in violation of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and requested that the Supreme Court of Florida take appropriate disciplinary action against him. The case was assigned to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “E” for investigation and recommendation.
The complaint states:
“WHEREFORE, The Florida Bar prays respondent will be appropriately disciplined in accordance with the provisions of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar as amended.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Legagneur Jr. is a business attorney in Boynton Beach, Florida. He attended the Columbia University School of Law. He acquired his law license in Florida in 2001.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.