On Monday, December 4, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause against attorney Ryan M. Layton with the Florida Supreme Court. This comes after Mr. Layton failed to respond to three separate bar complaints filed against him in 2022, 2023, and 2024.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Ryan M. Layton,” with case number 2024-50,338(15A)OSC.

According to the petition, Mr. Layton did not comply with official bar inquiries or respond to letters from The Florida Bar regarding complaints filed by clients on July 6, 2023, and August 4, 2023, and unspecified dates for two additional complaints. As a result, the 15th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee A issued Findings of Non-Compliance and Failure to Respond to Official Bar Inquiries in each case.

In its findings, the Grievance Committee determined Mr. Layton failed to show good cause for not responding to the bar and found his non-compliance to be willful. The Committee found Mr. Layton in contempt and requested The Florida Bar file a petition with the Supreme Court.

Similar findings of contempt were also made by the Committee concerning other complaints against Mr. Layton based on his failure to respond.

The Florida Bar is asking the Supreme Court to suspend Mr. Layton’s law license until he fully responds in writing to the complaints and inquiries. The bar is also seeking $1,250 in administrative costs from Mr. Layton.

The petition for contempt states:

“WHEREFORE, The Florida Bar requests that this Court suspend respondent pursuant to Rule 3-7.11 (f), until such time as respondent fully responds in writing to the official bar inquiries contained in Exhibits 1, 2, and 3 and until further order of this Court.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Layton is a real estate attorney in Lake Worth, Florida. He attended the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center, graduating in 2002. He acquired his law license in Florida in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.