On September 11, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a petition for contempt and order to show cause against John Spencer Jenkins, a respondent who has failed to respond to an official bar inquiry.  The petition requests that the Supreme Court of Florida suspend Jenkins’ license to practice law until he fully responds in writing to the inquiry.

The case is entitled The Florida Bar v. John Spencer Jenkins,”

On August 14, 2023, the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee held a hearing on the Request for Issuance of Notice of Non-Compliance and Finding of Contempt against Jenkins. The committee found that Jenkins had failed to show good cause for his non-compliance and was in contempt. The committee requested The Florida Bar to file a Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause with the Supreme Court.

The case began on March 22, 2023, when The Florida Bar sent a letter to Jenkins’ record bar address, advising him of a complaint and requesting a response by April 6, 2023. However, Jenkins failed to respond to the letter, and on April 17, 2023, The Florida Bar sent an email to Jenkins’ record bar email address, reminding him that his response was due. Again, Jenkins failed to respond, and on May 5, 2023, The Florida Bar sent another letter and email to Jenkins’ record bar address and email address, advising him of the complaint and requesting a response by May 15, 2023.

Jenkins still did not respond, and The Florida Bar’s staff investigator, John Berrena, made several attempts to contact him. On May 25, 2023, Berrena called Jenkins’ office, left a message with his secretary, and sent an email requesting Jenkins contact him. Jenkins responded the following day, stating he would call Berrena that day or the next. However, Jenkins failed to follow through, and Berrena left another message for him to call on May 30, 2023.

From June 6, 2023, through June 9, 2023, Berrena sent follow-up emails to Jenkins, requesting that he call him, and left another message with Jenkins’ secretary. Jenkins was given notice that on August 14, 2023, the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee G would hold a hearing on the Request for Issuance of Notice of Non-Compliance and Finding of Contempt. However, Jenkins made no response to the Request for Issuance of a Notice of Non-Compliance and Finding of Contempt.

As of the date of the Request for Issuance of Notice of Non-Compliance and Finding of Contempt, Jenkins had failed to respond to any official Bar inquiries. The Grievance Committee found that Jenkins failed to show good cause for his non-compliance and was in contempt. The committee requested The Florida Bar to file a Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause with the Supreme Court. The petition was filed on September 11, 2023, and a hearing date has not been set yet.

Following this event, the Florida Bar filed a petition for contempt and order to show cause against John Spencer Jenkins. The Bar is also requesting administrative costs of $1,250.00 against Jenkins. The matter is pending before the Supreme Court of Florida, and a hearing date has not been set yet.

The Disposition states:

“WHEREFORE, The Florida Bar respectfully requests this Courtsuspendtherespondent pursuant to Rule3-7.11(f), until such time as he fully responds in writing to the official bar inquiry contained in“The Florida Bar’s Exhibit 1” and until further order of this Court.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Jenkins is a litigation attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He acquired his law license in Florida in 2013. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.