On Friday, December 1, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Florida, seeking approval of a conditional guilty plea for consent judgment against Paul K. Silverberg, a member of The Florida Bar.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Paul K. Silverberg.”

According to documents filed with the court, the Florida Bar had charged Silverberg with two counts of misconduct related to client funds held in trust accounts. In the first case from 2019, the Bar alleged that Silverberg failed to maintain $23,000 in escrowed client funds in his trust account for a period of time in 2017. Silverberg contended this was a mistake due to confusion over which of his firm’s two trust accounts contained the funds. In a second case from 2022, the Bar charged that Silverberg improperly communicated with a former client while he was serving an unrelated suspension from the practice of law.

Rather than proceed to a full disciplinary hearing on the charges, Silverberg filed a Conditional Guilty Plea in which he admitted to violating Bar rules related to trust accounting and communicating with clients during a suspension. Under the terms of the Plea, Silverberg agreed to accept a 91-day suspension, which will be served consecutively to his current suspension. He also agreed to pay $2,593.50 in costs to the Bar.

Following Silverberg’s filing, the Florida Bar requested approval of the Conditional Guilty Plea before the Supreme Court of Florida.

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. Silverberg is a business attorney in Weston, Florida. He attended the University of Miami School of Law. He acquired his law license in Florida in 1998.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.