On Friday, February 2, 2024, The Florida Bar filed a formal complaint against attorney Ashley C. Filimon with the Supreme Court of Florida.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Ashley C. Filimon.”

The charges cited Rules Regulating Florida Bar 3-4.3, 4-4.2(a), 4-8.4(a), and 4-8.4(d).

The complaint alleges that Filimon violated rules of conduct governing attorney communications and interactions with represented parties. According to the complaint, Filimon serves as Executive Director of A Chosen Child Inc., a Florida adoption agency.

In November 2022, during court proceedings where a mother was represented by attorney Rachel Goetzelman, Filimon allegedly met with the mother in jail without Goetzelman’s knowledge or consent. Filimon purportedly secured the mother’s signature on adoption consent forms during this meeting.

Goetzelman had been appointed to represent the mother in an ongoing dependency case regarding the mother’s child. The complaint states Filimon should have known the mother was represented in the matter but neglected to contact Goetzelman before speaking to her client.

In December 2022, Filimon filed the signed adoption consent forms in court. However, the mother later said she wanted to withdraw her consent. An evidentiary hearing was held, and in February 2023 a judge denied the mother’s request to withdraw, finding no evidence of fraud or duress.

The Florida Bar complaint asserts Filimon violated Bar rules regarding unnecessary contact with represented parties and engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. If violations are found, Filimon could face sanctions from the Florida Supreme Court ranging from reprimand to disbarment.

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, Ms. Filimon is a family attorney in Orlando, Florida. She attended the Barry University School of Law, graduating in 2011. She acquired her law license in Florida in 2012.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.