On November 16, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a complaint against attorney Willishia Brenay Plant. The complaint alleges multiple violations of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, highlighting instances of professional misconduct and ethical lapses.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Willishia Brenay Plant,” with case number 2022-70,105(11K).

The charge states a violation of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar Rules 3-7.1(f) (Notice to Law Firms);4-1.2(c) (Limitation of Objectives and Scope of Representation); 4-1.3(Diligence); 4-1.4(Communication); and 4-8.4(c)(Misconduct Involving Dishonesty, Fraud, Deceit, or Misrepresentation).

According to the complaint, Plant is accused of failing to uphold the standards expected of legal professionals. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “K” found probable cause to file the complaint on August 16, 2023, and the presiding member of the committee approved its submission.

The complaint centers around Plant’s representation of Gabrielle Brown in both a landlord-tenant matter and a personal injury case. While Plant claimed the representation was limited in scope, there was no written agreement outlining such limitations, leading to allegations of inadequate communication and transparency.

The complaint further details a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship, with Plant allegedly ceasing regular communication with Brown and providing misleading updates on the status of legal proceedings. Brown terminated Plant’s representation on August 24, 2021, prompting further issues with the transfer of case information to Brown’s new attorney, Daniel Bonardi.

Plant is accused of dishonesty, misleading statements, and affirmative misrepresentations, including falsely claiming to have submitted complaints to the court when, in fact, they had not been filed. The complaint also alleges that Plant attempted to charge for her services in the personal injury case, contradicting her assertion of providing “free legal advice” to Brown and her family.

The Florida Bar is requesting appropriate disciplinary action against Plant, citing violations of the above-mentioned rules.

According to Avvo, Ms. Plant is a trademark application attorney in Miami, Florida. She obtained her law license n Florida in 2019.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.