On Monday, December 18, 2023, the Florida Supreme Court issued an order finding attorney Tanner Robert Whitmill in contempt of court for failing to respond to an official bar inquiry from The Florida Bar.
The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Tanner Robert Whitmill,” with case no. SC2023-1436.
The case stems from a bar inquiry sent to Whitmill regarding an unspecified grievance. Whitmill failed to respond to the initial inquiry, as well as a subsequent letter providing him with an extended deadline. As a result, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “A” found Whitmill to be in noncompliance on September 7, 2023.
Still receiving no response, the Florida Bar filed a petition on October 17, 2023, asking the Supreme Court to hold Whitmill in contempt. The court issued an Order to Show Cause, but Whitmill did not file a response. In its ruling, the high court held Whitmill in contempt for disobeying the order.
As punishment, Whitmill will be suspended from the practice of law. The suspension will take effect 30 days from the date of the order. This 30-day period is to allow Whitmill time to close out his practice and ensure the interests of existing clients are protected. The suspension will remain in place until he has fully responded in writing to the inquiry from the Bar. The court entered a judgment against Whitmill for $1,250 to cover the Bar’s administrative costs.
According to avvo.com, Mr. Whitmill is a worker’s compensation Attorney in Tampa, Florida. He attended Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School. He acquired his law license in Florida in 2016.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.