On Thursday, February 1, 2024, The Florida Bar filed a complaint alleging misconduct against attorney Henry George Ferro.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Henry George Ferro.”

The charges cited Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 3-4.3, 4-8.2(a), 4-1.3, 4-8.4(d).

The complaint, filed with the Florida Supreme Court, centers around three Bar grievance cases. The first case involves statements Ferro made on websites and social media during the 2022 judicial election between Judge Lori Cotton and attorney William Harris. Ferro allegedly made misleading claims about Cotton’s family and implied they received preferential treatment.

Ferro also allegedly failed to appear for several hearings before Judge Cotton while representing clients. On multiple occasions in 2021 and 2022, Ferro and his clients did not show up for scheduled court dates, though some hearings were later rescheduled.

The complaint further accuses Ferro of using profanity directed at other attorneys. In 2020, Ferro reportedly called attorney Anne Raduns an “asshole” within earshot of others during a court proceeding. He also allegedly made vulgar comments about one of Raduns’ clients that were overheard on an unmuted microphone.

As recently as September 2022, Ferro allegedly became disruptive and confrontational with Raduns and her lawyer during a deposition. The complaint claims Ferro used profanity and aggressive language towards Raduns in the deposition and a hallway conversation.

If found guilty of violating Bar rules, Ferro could face penalties ranging from a reprimand to suspension or even 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, Mr. Ferro is a criminal defense attorney in Ocala, Florida. He attended the University of Dayton School of Law, graduating in 1983. He acquired his law license in Florida in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.