On Monday, December 4, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a Petition for Approval of Conditional Guilty Plea for Consent Judgment with the Supreme Court of Florida regarding attorney Gregorio Dickson-Ventura.
The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Gregorio Dickson-Ventura.”
According to the Conditional Guilty Plea for Consent Judgment filed on November 17, 2023, Dickson-Ventura pleaded guilty to violations of trust account rules and agreed to a three-year suspension from the practice of law. The plea stems from a Florida Bar investigation opened on April 28, 2023, after Dickson-Ventura’s trust account contained insufficient funds to cover a check. When questioned, Dickson-Ventura could not produce the required trust account records, as he had not properly maintained them. Records obtained from Dickson-Ventura’s bank by subpoena showed multiple instances of commingling funds and demonstrated he was not in substantial compliance with trust accounting rules.
According to the documents, an audit confirmed a $2,000 shortage in the account, which should have been held for a client’s medical bills. Dickson-Ventura later paid the client when the bills were waived. While no intentional misuse of funds was found, Dickson-Ventura admitted issues with following Rules Regulating minimum trust accounting procedures and records.
In the plea, Dickson-Ventura accepted the recommended period of suspension and agreed to pay $2,509.37 in bar costs. He acknowledged personal issues during the period in question and has since sought assistance through Florida Lawyers Assistance. The Florida Bar approved the plea as complying with disciplinary rules. On December 4, 2023, the Florida Bar petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for approval of a conditional guilty plea by attorney Gregorio Dickson-Ventura.
The petition for approval of a conditional guilty plea states:
“WHEREFORE, The Florida Bar respectfully requests that the Conditional Guilty Plea for Consent Judgment be accepted, the proposed discipline be imposed, and the bar be awarded costs.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Dickson-Ventura is an attorney in Intercession City, Florida. He attended the University of Miami School of Law, graduating in 1997. He acquired his law license in Florida in the same year.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.