On Thursday, November 16, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a formal complaint against Orlando-based bankruptcy attorney Alejandro Rivera before the Supreme Court of Florida, accusing him of abandoning clients and violating multiple rules of professional conduct.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Alejandro Rivera.”

The charges cited Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 1-3.3(a), 4-1.3, 4-1.4(a)(b)(c), 4-8.2(a), 4-8.4(d)(g), 4-5.1(a)(b), 4-5.3(b), 4-5.3(c). 

The complaint outlines three separate cases where Rivera is alleged to have neglected client matters and failed to properly communicate with clients. In one case, Rivera represented a woman named Ms. Parra in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing on April 17, 2018. According to the complaint, Rivera missed four consecutive court hearings in Ms. Parra’s case between September and December 2022. This resulted in sanctions from the court, including an order that Rivera repay $1,500 of his fee to Ms. Parra.

The complaint states that Rivera failed to comply with the repayment order and other requirements set by the judge. During his interactions with the Florida Bar investigating the complaints later in 2023, Rivera made disparaging comments about the judge and indicated he did not intend to follow the court’s orders.

In another case, Rivera is accused of taking $1,500 from a client named Antonio Llanos on March 26, 2019, to file a joint Chapter 7 bankruptcy for Llanos and his wife, but never filing the petition. The complaint says Llanos was unable to contact Rivera or anyone at his firm after early 2020, despite multiple attempts.

The third case involved a client named Harrison Neilly, whose Chapter 13 bankruptcy Rivera had filed in 2017. According to the complaint, Rivera failed to provide documentation to the bankruptcy trustee showing Neilly had paid post-filing tax debts, causing Neilly’s case to be dismissed on January 27, 2023. The complaint says Rivera cut off all communication with Neilly that month.

Rivera is accused in all three cases of violating rules regarding diligence, communication, responding to disciplinary authorities, and other misconduct. Based on these allegations, the Florida Bar requests that the respondent be disciplined in accordance with the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.

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. Rivera is a bankruptcy and foreclosure attorney in Kissimmee, Florida. He attended the Florida A&M University College of Law, graduating in 2008. He acquired his law license in Florida in 2011.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.