On Monday, November 13, 2023, the Supreme Court of Florida suspended attorney John Spencer Jenkins from the practice of law for his failure to respond to an official inquiry by The Florida Bar.
The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. John Spencer Jenkins,” with case no. SC2023-1271.
According to records from the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Jenkins failed to cooperate with a bar investigation that began in March 2023. On March 22, 2023, Jenkins was sent a letter by the bar requesting a response to a complaint by April 6, 2023, but failed to reply. He was sent additional letters on April 17 and May 5, 2023, requesting a response, but again did not cooperate.
Florida Bar staff investigator John Berrena made multiple attempts to contact Jenkins by phone, email, and in-person messages left with his secretary between May and June 2023. Jenkins responded once on May 29, 2023, saying he would call Berrena, but never actually did. Berrena documented his unsuccessful efforts to get Jenkins to cooperate.
On August 14, 2023, the grievance committee held a hearing on the bar’s request to issue a finding of non-compliance and contempt against Jenkins. Jenkins did not respond to this proceeding. The committee found Jenkins failed to show good cause for not cooperating with the bar investigation and found him in contempt.
The bar then filed a petition for contempt with the Florida Supreme Court. In its November 13, 2023 order, the high court granted the petition and suspended Jenkins effective 30 days from the date of the order. This will allow Jenkins time to conclude any existing client matters. He will remain suspended until he fully responds to the initial bar inquiry and any further order by the court.
The Disposition states:
“IT IS ORDERED that The Florida Bar’s petition is granted and Respondent is held in contempt of this Court. As a sanction, Respondent is suspended from the practice of law effective 30 days from the date of this order so that Respondent can close out his practice and protect the interests of existing clients.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Jenkins is a litigation attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He acquired his law license in Florida in 2012.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.