On Monday, January 8, 2024, the Florida Bar filed a complaint against attorney Timothy Wayne Terry before the Supreme Court of Florida over his handling of a client’s divorce case.
The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Timothy Wayne Terry.”
The charges cited Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 4-1.3 and 4-8.4(d), which states:
A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.
A lawyer shall not engage in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, including to knowingly, or through callous indifference, disparage, humiliate, or discriminate against litigants, jurors, witnesses, court personnel, or other lawyers on any basis, including, but not limited to, on account of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, employment, or physical characteristic.
According to the complaint, Ms. St. Louis hired Mr. Terry in late 2019 to represent her in a dissolution of marriage case, but her case was not diligently pursued. While retained, Mr. Terry did not file the initial petition for dissolution of marriage until June 17, 2020. The estranged husband was not properly served until May 13, 2021, nearly 11 months later. Several important filings and motions were also delayed over the course of the case. As of April 2023, the case was still pending resolution and the court had ordered Mr. Terry to file amended petitions to properly establish jurisdiction.
The Florida Bar is alleging Mr. Terry violated conduct rules involving diligence and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.
The complaint states:
“WHEREFORE, The Florida Bar prays respondent will be appropriately disciplined in accordance with the provisions of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar as amended.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Terry is a family attorney in Orlando, Florida. He attended the Florida State University College of Law, graduating in 1976. He acquired his law license in Florida in 1981.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.