On Thursday, October 19, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a petition for contempt and order to show cause against Miami attorney Pedro Alejandro Gonzalez in the Supreme Court of Florida. This comes after Gonzalez failed to respond to multiple official bar inquiries regarding a bar complaint filed against him.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Pedro Alejandro Gonzalez,”

The initial bar complaint was filed on April 12, 2023, by former client Genesis Aleska Castellanos Azuaje, according to the Grievance Committee’s Finding of Non-Compliance issued on October 5, 2023. Gonzalez was given until April 27, 2023, to file a written response to the complaint but failed to do so.

Additional letters seeking Gonzalez’s response were sent on May 3, 2023, and June 9, 2023, granting him extensions until May 15, 2023, and June 19, 2023, respectively. Still, no response was received.

On June 28, 2023, Gonzalez was contacted again via email requesting a response by July 10, 2023. When no response was provided, Gonzalez requested and received another extension from Bar Counsel Tonya Avery until July 31, 2023, to file a response. However, he failed to submit any response by that deadline as well.

As a result of Gonzalez’s repeated failures to respond to the Bar’s inquiries, the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee M considered on September 22, 2023, whether to issue a finding of non-compliance. The Committee found that Gonzalez showed no good cause for his failure to respond and deemed his non-compliance to be willful.

The Committee then requested on October 5, 2023, that The Florida Bar file a petition for contempt against Gonzalez in the Supreme Court. In the petition filed on October 19, 2023, The Bar requested that Gonzalez be suspended until he fully responds to the initial bar complaint inquiry and pays $1,250 in administrative costs.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Gonzales is a civil rights attorney in Miami, Florida. He attended the Catholic University of America, School of Law. He acquired his law license in Florida in 1994.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.