On Thursday, February 15, 2024, The Florida Bar filed a formal complaint against attorney Alex Finch with the Florida Supreme Court.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Alex Finch.”

The charges cited Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 3-6.1(c), 3-6.1(e), 4-1.4(a), 4-1.4(b), 4-1.5(a), 4-1.5(f)(5), 4-1.7(a), 4-1.15, 5-1.1(a)(1), and 5-1.1(b). 

The complaint alleges Finch violated several Rules of Professional Conduct during his representation of Massey Construction Group, Inc.,, a roofing repair and replacement company. According to the complaint, Finch signed a fee agreement with MCGI in 2019 to handle insurance litigation cases on a contingency basis. Later that year, Finch started a new firm called Fromang & Finch with attorney Mark Fromang to take on hundreds of MCGI cases.

However, the complaint states Finch and Fromang failed to update the fee agreement with MCGI when they opened their new firm. It also claims they did not provide closing statements when settling MCGI cases or clearly outline attorney fee amounts being deducted from settlements. In some instances, the lawyers allegedly requested two separate settlement checks from insurers – one for MCGI and one for their law firm.

The grievance alleges this resulted in Finch charging excessive fees that created significant conflicts of interest with his client. It notes in one case, the attorneys collected over $15,000 in fees, but the timesheets only showed about $3,000 worth of work was done. Testimony from Finch also acknowledged there were no limits on how much in fees they could demand from insurance companies.

An audit by the Bar further found Finch had a shortage of over $4,000 in his attorney trust account for client funds at one point. The complaint further accuses Finch of hiring a disbarred attorney, James Patrick Woods, as a paralegal without providing proper notice or filing required reports with the Bar.

If found guilty, Finch could face penalties ranging from discipline to suspension of his law license.  A trial before the Florida Supreme Court would then determine what punishment, if any, is warranted in this matter.

The complaint states:

“WHEREFORE, The Florida Bar prays respondent will be appropriately disciplined in accordance with the provisions of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar as amended.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Finch is an administrative law attorney in Longwood, Florida. He attended the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, graduating in 1992. He acquired his law license in Florida in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.