On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a complaint against Michael Gary Stepakoff, a member of the bar, due to his involvement in the January 6, 2021, demonstration and entry into the U.S. Capitol Building. The complaint was filed, with the Supreme Court of Florida, and it alleges that Stepakoff violated the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Michael Gary Stepakoff,” with case number 2021-10,373 (06D).

The charges cited Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 3-4.3 and 4-8.4(b) which states:

Misconduct and Minor Misconduct.

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.

According to the complaint, Stepakoff was charged with a misdemeanor offense for parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building, in violation of Title 40, United States Code, Section 5104(e)(2)(G). He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for a term of 12 months, ordered to pay a fine of $742.00, and restitution in the amount of $500.00.

The complaint requests that Stepakoff be appropriately disciplined in accordance with the provisions of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar as amended.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Stepakoff is an attorney in Palm Harbor, Florida. He attended the Stetson University College of Law. He acquired his law license in Florida in 1990.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.