On Wednesday, January 24, 2024, the Florida Supreme Court suspended attorney Ryan M. Layton from the practice of law for failing to comply with bar investigations.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Ryan M. Layton,” with case no. SC2023-1672.

The order stemmed from a Finding of Non-Compliance and Failure to Respond issued by the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee against Layton. The Committee found that Layton failed to respond to two letters from the Florida Bar dated July 6, 2023, and August 4, 2023, regarding a complaint filed against him. Layton also ignored a subsequent Request for Issuance of a Notice of Non-Compliance and Contempt issued by the Committee.

As a result of Layton’s failures to respond or cooperate, the Florida Bar filed a Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause against Layton with the Supreme Court. After issuing an Order to Show Cause, the Court suspended Layton effective 30 days from the order so he could protect existing clients. Layton will remain suspended until he fully responds in writing to the Bar’s inquiries from July and August 2023.

The Supreme Court held Layton in contempt, entering judgment for the Bar’s costs of $1,250. Layton must also comply with rules for suspended attorneys and may accept no new clients until reinstated to practice.

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 thirty 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. Layton is a real estate attorney in Lake Worth, Florida. He attended the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center, graduating in 2002. He acquired his law license in Florida in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.