On Friday, August 25, 2023, the Supreme Court of Florida received a complaint against attorney James Michael Janousek II, filed by The Florida Bar. The complaint alleges multiple instances of professional misconduct by Janousek.

The case is titled, ‘The Florida Bar v. James Michael Janousek II.” The case numbers associated with the violations are 2022-00,279(3), 2023-00,145(3), and 2023-00,333(3).

The charges cited various Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, such as 3-4.3 (Misconduct and Minor Misconduct), 4-1.1 (Competence), 4-1.3 (Diligence), 4-1.4(a) (Informing Client of Status of Representation), 4-1.4(b) (Duty to Explain Matters to Client), 4-8.4(a) (Violation of Rules of Professional Conduct), 4-8.4(d) (Prejudicial Conduct), and 4-8.4(g) (Failure to Respond to Official Inquiries).

The Rules Regulating the Florida Bar can be found here.

The first count involves Janousek’s representation of Lorenzo Campbell in a criminal case. According to the complaint, despite being appointed as Campbell’s lawyer, Janousek failed to maintain contact with his client. Multiple attempts by Campbell and his family to communicate with Janousek were unsuccessful. As a result, the court eventually appointed new counsel for Campbell. Janousek’s lack of diligence and failure to respond to official inquiries are cited as violations of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.

The second count pertains to Janousek’s failure to comply with court orders in an appeal related to the termination of parental rights. The court directed Janousek to file an amended notice of appeal and a completed electronic docketing statement. However, Janousek failed to fulfill these requirements despite multiple opportunities and subsequent orders to show cause. This non-compliance led to the court relieving Janousek of further responsibility in the case.

The final count involves Janousek’s representation of an appellant in an appeal regarding the termination of parental rights. Once again, Janousek failed to file an initial brief or respond to a court order. As a result, the court relieved Janousek of his responsibilities in the case and appointed new counsel. Janousek’s lack of diligence and failure to comply with court orders are cited as violations.

The filing 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.”

James Michael Janousek II is the owner of the Law Office of James Janousek, P.A., where he practices as a criminal defense attorney in Live Oak, FL. He obtained his Juris Doctor (JD) from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2007. Prior to establishing his own firm, he served as an associate at Seifert Law Firm, P.A. To learn more about Attorney Janousek’s bio, please click here.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.