On Monday, March 18, 2024, The Florida Bar filed a complaint against attorney Dwayne D. Perser, alleging Perser violated several Rules of Professional Conduct in his representation of a client, Kashannon Cratic, in a family law case.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Dwayne D. Perser”

According to the complaint, Cratic hired Perser in June 2022 to file contempt motions against her ex-husband for failure to pay child support and adhere to parental visitation orders.

Perser filed the first contempt motion on July 6, 2022 and appeared at a hearing on August 18, 2022. The judge reserved ruling on the motion and set a visitation schedule. Perser then filed a second contempt motion on September 14, 2022 regarding visitation issues. At a September 21, 2022 hearing, the judge ordered the parties to register for an online communication platform called Our Family Wizard within 10 days.

The complaint alleges Perser failed to timely draft and submit a proposed order from the September hearing as directed by the judge. Despite messages from Cratic over the next few months asking about the status, Perser did not submit a proposed order until December 21, 2022, after Cratic had filed a grievance against him.

The Bar alleges in its complaint that Perser did not provide competent, diligent, or prompt representation to Cratic and failed to adequately communicate with her regarding the case status and court orders. He also did not clarify her misunderstanding about qualifying for free access to the required online platform.

Perser is accused of violating Rules of Professional Conduct relating to competency, diligence, communication with a client, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. The Bar is seeking appropriate discipline against Perser through the Supreme Court of Florida.

The Charge 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, Mr. Perser is an adoption attorney in Spring Hill, Florida. He graduated from the Stetson University College of Law in 2001. He obtained his law license in Florida in 2002.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.