Todd J. Herman, a Florida-based attorney, has been ordered to show cause before the Florida Supreme Court for his failure to respond to a series of official inquiries from the bar. The court’s order, issued on Friday, August 11, 2023, is asking Herman to explain why he ignored the inquiries, which were sent by the Florida Bar as part of its investigation into Herman’s conduct.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Todd J. Herman” with case no. SC2023-1117.

The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “E” convened on June 29, 2023, to address the case of Todd J Herman. The case involved a complaint against Herman filed by José Daniel Fernandez. The Grievance Committee discovered that Herman failed to respond to a series of official bar inquiries, which began on December 29, 2022. These inquiries called for his written response to the allegations in compliance with R. Regulating Fla. Bar 4-8.4(g).

Despite multiple notifications, including letters on January 20, February 15, and April 12, 2023, Herman remained unresponsive. Each communication urged him to provide the required information by specified deadlines. The Grievance Committee ultimately deemed his lack of response as both non-compliance and willful contempt for the legal process. “This is a serious matter,” stated the Committee’s findings, “Herman’s repeated failure to address the official bar inquiries raised significant concerns regarding his compliance and respect for the legal process.”

The Grievance Committee, in its recommendation, suggested that The Florida Bar take further legal action against Herman, highlighting his consistent disregard for the legal requirements and due process. Following these allegations, the Florida Bar filed a petition for contempt and order to show cause Herman before the Supreme Court.

The petition states:

“WHEREFORE, The Florida Bar requests that this Court suspend respondent pursuant to Rule 3-7.11(f), until such time as respondent fully responds in writing to the official bar inquiries contained in Exhibits 1, 2, and 3 and until further order of this Court”

In consideration of the petition, the Supreme Court of Florida ordered and commanded attorney Herman to show cause why he should not be held in contempt for his alleged misconduct.

The Show Cause order states:

“The Florida Bar has filed its Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause, this is to command you, Todd J. Herman, to show cause on or before August 28, 2023, why you should not be held in contempt of this Court or other discipline imposed for the reasons set forth in The Florida Bar’s Petition. The Florida Bar may serve its reply on or before September 7, 2023.”

Mr. Herman practices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is licensed in Florida. His info can be found on lawyersfindlaw.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.