On Thursday, August 24, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a complaint against attorney Frank Carvajal, alleging violations of several rules regulating legal practice in the state.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Frank Carvajal” with case no. 2021-00, 461 (2B).

The complaint states that Carvajal was hired by Ramon Martinez Mandujano in 2016 to represent him in removal proceedings with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Mandujano paid Carvajal $1,000 for his legal services. Despite filing Form EOIR-26, indicating his appearance as attorney of record and stating that he would file a brief, Carvajal filed Mr. Mandujano’s appeal pro se.

Ultimately, Carvajal failed to file the promised brief, leading to the dismissal of the appeal. This decision had significant consequences for Mandujano, who lost the opportunity to have his case reviewed and to remain in legal status while awaiting an appeal process.

The Florida Bar’s complaint argues that Carvajal’s actions violated several rules, including those related to diligence, communication, fees, declining or terminating representation, meritorious claims and contentions, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

The filing states:

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

According to floridabar.org, Mr. Carvajal is a lawyer from Santa Ana, California. He attended the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating in 1994.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.