On Thursday, June 29, 2023, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals suspended attorney Grant Griffith Sarbinoff in consideration of the certified order from Florida, which suspended Sarbinoff from the practice of law for three years over criminal convictions.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Grant Griffith Sarbinoff,” with case no. 2023-D015.
On November 10, 2022, the Supreme Court of the State of Florida ruled on the uncontested report of the referee accepting consent judgment concerning the respondent. Mr. Sarbinoff was accused of misconduct for pleading guilty and being adjudicated on charges related to criminal use of personal identification information, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, and 16 offenses against users of computers on November 24, 2021. With the exception of one count of criminal use of personal identification information, adjudication was withheld for the other charges. As a consequence, he received a sentence of 90 days in jail and probation.
These charges were in connection to Sarbinoff’s alleged stalking and cyberstalking of his ex-girlfriend.
The report accepting the uncontested report states:
“The Report of Referee Accepting Consent Judgment recommended that Mr. Sarbinoff be found guilty of misconduct and that he be suspended from the practice of law for a period of three years nunc pro tunc to May 30, 2022. It also recommended Respondent pay the Florida Bar’s costs. With the foregoing facts and discussions, the court ruled against the Respondent in relation to the above-cited Rules of Professional Conduct.”
Following the discipline imposed by the State of Florida, on May 3, 2023, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ordered the interim suspension of Sarbinoff and directed him to explain why reciprocal discipline should not be applied.
Mr. Sarbinoff had the opportunity to respond to the order and file an affidavit as required by the D.C. Bar Rule XI, section 14(g), but he failed to do so. Therefore, the Court of Appeals decided to suspend him from the practice of law in the District of Columbia.
The order states:
“ORDERED that Grant Griffith Sarbinoff is hereby suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia for three years with reinstatement conditioned on a showing of fitness. Prior to filing a petition for reinstatement respondent must first be reinstated to the practice of law in the state of Florida.”
Mr. Sarbinoff attended the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Prior to the suspension, Mr. Sarbinoff practiced in Miami, Florida. He is licensed in Florida and the District of Columbia. His info can be found on Lawyer.com.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.