On Friday, July 28, 2023, the Florida Bar requested the Supreme Court of Florida to accept the conditional guilty plea for consent judgment of attorney Theophilos John Karaphillis.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Theophilos John Karaphillis,” with Florida Bar File Nos. 2019-10.496; 2022-10.189.

The charges cited Florida Court Rules 3-4.3, 4-1.8(a), 4.15, 4-8.4(d), 4-8.4(g), 5-1.1(a)(1), 5-1.1(b), 5-1.1(j), 5-1.2(b)(2), 5-1.2(b)(3)(c), 5-1.2(b)(4), 5-1.2(b)(6), 5-1.2(b)(7), 5-1.2(d)(1)(A)(3), 5-1.2(f).

Theophilos John Karaphillis has filed a conditional guilty plea for consent judgment in response to two disciplinary matters. In the first case, Karaphillis faced allegations related to mishandling trust account funds, including insufficient funds and failure to maintain proper trust accounting records. Karaphillis was also accused of entering into a loan agreement with a client without proper disclosure and failing to make agreed-upon payments.

As part of the plea, Karaphillis agreed to a one-year suspension, completion of a trust accounting workshop within six months, payment of disciplinary proceeding costs, and cessation of new business while under suspension. The plea also lists mitigating factors, including the absence of a prior disciplinary record, personal and emotional problems, physical or mental disability or impairment, and remorse. The Florida Bar approved the proposed plea, which complies with the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.

If approved by the Supreme Court of Florida, Karaphillis will be required to pay associated costs and eliminate all indications of his status as an attorney. It was noted that failure to comply with these terms may result in disciplinary action.

The request 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 martindale.com, Mr. Karaphillis had been practicing at Richards, Gilkey, Fite, Slaughter, Pratesi & Ward law firm. He attended Florida State University, graduating in 1988.  He practices in Clearwater, Florida. He is licensed in Florida.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.