On Monday, February 12, 2024, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order disbarring attorney Reginald Luster for violations of a previous suspension order.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Reginald Luster,” with case no. SC2022-0459.

The order approved the report from referee Terence R. Perkins, which had found Luster guilty of misconduct justifying disciplinary measures. Specifically, Luster was found to have violated the Supreme Court’s November 19, 2020 suspension order by continuing to practice law while suspended.

According to the referee’s report, Luster had been suspended from practicing law for 91 days effective December 21, 2020. However, around that same time period, he began representing minor client Zackary Genus in a personal injury matter stemming from a November 2019 motor vehicle accident.

The report details how Luster negotiated an $8,000 settlement on Genus’ behalf directly with Mercury Insurance in February 2021, during the period of his suspension. Luster deposited the settlement funds into his firm’s operating account rather than a trust account. He later purchased a cashier’s check for $5,063.33 for Genus but failed to properly advise the family of the settlement or his suspended status.

The referee’s report also described a similar incident where Luster negotiated payments totaling $80,377.89 on behalf of the estate of Joseph Bynes from Allstate, without advising Bynes’ family that he was suspended from practice.

In its order, the Supreme Court found Luster in contempt of its November 2020 suspension order and disbarred him as a sanction, making the disbarment effective immediately since he was already suspended.

The referee had considered multiple aggravating factors in Luster’s misconduct such as prior discipline history, dishonest motives, multiple offenses, and obstruction of the disciplinary proceedings. However, it also noted various character witnesses that testified to Luster’s past reputation and community involvement. Nevertheless, the court approved disbarment as the appropriate sanction for Luster’s violations.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Luster was an appeals attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended the Florida State University College of Law. He acquired his law license in Florida in 1988.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.