On Friday, February 16, 2024, The Florida Bar filed a formal complaint for reciprocal discipline against New Jersey attorney John M. Mavroudis, seeking a one-year suspension of his Florida law license. The complaint stems from discipline Mavroudis received in New Jersey relating to his actions in a debt collection matter.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. John M. Mavroudis,” with case number 2024-00,067(2A).

In 2012, Mavroudis was found liable for over $2.5 million to General Electric Capital Corporation. Various court orders were issued to allow GECC to inventory and sell Mavroudis’ personal property to satisfy the debt.

However, Mavroudis allegedly took steps to prevent the sale of a valuable painting he owned. In 2013, without informing GECC, who had assigned the debt to another entity, Mavroudis consigned the painting to Sotheby’s auction house for sale. He also had a replica made. Court orders had prohibited removing any inventoried property from his home.

An investigation and lawsuits ensued over the ownership of the painting and other items. It was determined that Mavroudis misrepresented the value of his art collection in prior testimony. He also signed a court filing claiming he did not review inventory lists, which was found to be false. In 2018, Mavroudis admitted to the New Jersey ethics office that he was aware the painting was under a restraint order.

Based on this conduct, New Jersey suspended Mavroudis’ law license for one year, finding violations of various ethics rules regarding dishonesty before the courts. The Florida Bar is now seeking the same level of reciprocal discipline based on New Jersey’s decision. If imposed, Mavroudis would not be able to practice law in Florida for one year.

The petition 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. Mavroudis is a real estate attorney in New York, New York. He attended the Syracuse University College of Law, graduating in 1972. He acquired his law license in Florida in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.