On Monday, December 18, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause against attorney A. J. Blake for failure to comply with the court’s suspension order.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. A.J. Blake,” with case number 2024-90,020(OSC).

According to the bar’s petition, Blake was suspended from practicing law for one year by an order of the Florida Supreme Court dated August 7, 2023. The conditions of Blake’s suspension required her to notify clients, opposing counsel, and courts where she had pending cases of her suspended status.

However, the bar claims that Blake failed to meet these obligations. Letters were sent to Blake’s address and email on file on August 8, 2023, and September 7, 2023. The letter states that Blake did not submit the required affidavit. Hence, she failed to comply with the terms and conditions of the court’s order.

Because of Blake’s noncompliance, the bar filed its contempt petition, asking the Florida Supreme Court to issue an order directing Blake to show cause why she should not be held in contempt and disbarred.

The petition for contempt states:

“The bar respectfully requests this Court enter an order directing respondent, A. J. Blake, to show cause why she should not be held in contempt and be disbarred, comply with the terms of this Court’s order in SC23-0753 prior to petitioning for readmission, and assess costs in the amount of $1,250.00 to The Florida Bar.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Blake is a wills and living wills attorney in Panama City, Florida. She attended the Lewis & Clark Law School, graduating in 1995. She acquired her law license in Florida in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.