On Thursday, November 16, 2023, The Florida Bar filed a complaint against Attorney Nausha Shawntina Collins for multiple ethical violations.

The case is entitled ‘The Florida Bar v. Nausha Shawntina Collins,’ with case numbers 2023-00,013(4C) and 2023-00,318(4C).

The cited violations pertain to Rules 3-4.3; 4-1.1; 4-1.2(c); 4-1.3; 4-1.5(a); 4-1.6(a); 4-3.2; 4-3.4(c); 4-8.4(a); and 4-8.4(d) of the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Florida Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

According to the complaint, Attorney Collins took over a law firm Your Jacksonville Lawyer she purchased in February 2022. Problems soon emerged in two cases she inherited from the previous owner, involving clients Ralph Colson and Jessica Roberts.

In Colson’s divorce case, Collins failed to appear for a mandatory case management conference on June 7, 2022, despite the file being in disarray. She also failed to seek leave from the court or make arrangements for coverage. As a result, the case was dismissed on June 16, 2022.

In Roberts’ civil suit, Collins demanded $25,000 to handle mediation after taking over the case in June 2022, even though Roberts had already paid over $45,000 to the prior law firm owner. Roberts paid Collins $12,000 directly to her personal phone through a payment app. However, Collins then took no meaningful action to advance Roberts’ case.

Both clients filed complaints against Collins with The Florida Bar. After reviewing the complaints, The Florida Bar filed a formal complaint against Collins, alleging violations of state bar rules.

The charge reads:

“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, Attorney Nausha Shawntina Collins is an antitrust and trade law attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended the University of Alabama School of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law, graduating in 2017. She acquired her license in Florida in 2018.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.