On Thursday, January 4, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Florida, seeking the emergency suspension of attorney John Spencer Jenkins from practicing law in the state for misappropriation of at least $452,359.88 in funds entrusted to him, violating trust accounting rules.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. John Spencer Jenkins” with case number 2024-50,047(17G)(FES).

The charge cited violations of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 4-1.15, 4-8.4(c), 4-8.4(g), 5-1.1 and 5-1.2.

The bar’s investigation originated from a grievance filed by Larry W. Corbin, Personal Representative for the Estate of William L. Walters. The complaint highlighted Jenkins’s involvement in settling the estate and his failure to disburse $643,399.35 as agreed upon. Despite multiple notices and inquiries from the bar, Jenkins did not respond or provide necessary records, prompting the bar’s petition for emergency suspension.

Financial records obtained from Jenkins’s bank reveal deposits into his trust account, misappropriations, and subsequent transfers to his operating account. The bar contends that Jenkins misused entrusted funds for personal purposes, violating ethical rules, including safekeeping property regulations.

The emergency suspension petition requests immediate action from the court, including restrictions on accepting new clients, initiating litigation, and withholding any further withdrawals from trust accounts. The bar also demands Jenkins to cease acting as a fiduciary and comply with disclosure requirements.

According to Avvo, Mr. Jenkins is a litigation attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He obtained his law license in Florida in 2012.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.