On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a petition for contempt and order to show cause against attorney A. J. Blake for failing to comply with the conditions of her previous suspension. The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. A. J. Blake” with case no. 2023-90, 025.
The Florida Bar has submitted a petition to the Supreme Court of Florida requesting a one-year suspension for attorney A. J. Blake. Blake was previously suspended for 91 days but failed to meet the conditions of her suspension, which included providing a sworn affidavit listing the individuals and entities notified of her suspension. The Bar sent several letters and emails to Blake, but they were returned as undeliverable.
The filing states:
“In the order of suspension, respondent was ordered to comply with Rule 3-5.1(h), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, by notifying her clients, opposing counsel, tribunals, and all state, federal, and administrative bars of which she is a member of her suspension, and to provide a sworn affidavit to The Florida Bar within 30 days of the Filing # 173857495 E-Filed 05/24/2023 10:12:07 AM suspension listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that were furnished a copy of the suspension order.”
The filing continues:
“On November 29, 2022, the bar notified the respondent of her noncompliance with the conditions of her suspension to her record bar address and record bar email, specifically her failure to submit the sworn affidavit pursuant to Rule 3-5.1(h). The letter was returned to the sender and marked as not deliverable as addressed and unable to forward. See, November 29, 2022 letter and email from the bar to the respondent and returned letter attached hereto as “Composite Exhibit B”.”
In lieu of the aforementioned facts, the Florida Bar requested the court to show cause to the respondent on why she should not be held in contempt.
The petition 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 suspended for one year, comply with the terms of this Court’s order in SC22- 123 prior to petitioning for reinstatement, and assess costs in the amount of $1,250.00 to The Florida Bar.”
Ms. Blake practices in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is licensed in Florida. Her info can be found on Linkedin.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.