On Thursday, February 8, 2024, The Florida Bar filed a Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause against attorney Andrea Povilaitis with the Supreme Court of Florida.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Andrea Povilaitis.”

The Grievance Committee found that Povilaitis failed to cooperate with investigations by The Florida Bar into two separate matters, numbered 2023-30,668 (188) and 2024-30,183 (188). In the first matter, Bar Staff Investigator Steve Diaz interviewed Povilaitis on September 27, 2023, regarding her representation of a client. Diaz requested documentation from Povilaitis regarding the case, but she did not provide anything. Diaz followed up with calls and emails to Povilaitis in October 2023 but received no response.

In the second matter, the Bar sent letters to Povilaitis on September 28, 2023, and October 19, 2023, requesting a written response. However, Povilaitis failed to respond to either letter. Bar Investigator Angel Taylor also attempted to contact Povilaitis in person on December 1-2, 2023 by visiting her office and potential home addresses, but was unable to locate her.

Based on Povilaitis’ failure to cooperate or respond to the Bar’s inquiries, the Grievance Committee found that she did not show good cause for her non-compliance and that it was willful. The Committee then found Povilaitis to be in contempt. In response, The Florida Bar filed its Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause with the Supreme Court on February 8, 2024.

In the petition, The Florida Bar is requesting the Supreme Court suspend Povilaitis’ law license until she fully responds to the Bar’s inquiries.

The petition states:

“WHEREFORE, The Florida Bar requests that this Court suspend respondent pursuant to Rule 3-7.11(f), until such time as the respondent fully responds in writing to the official Bar inquiries contained in “Exhibit 1″ and until further order of this Court, and that the Court order her to pay the administrative costs of $1,250.00.”

According to Linkedin, Ms. Povilaitis is an attorney at law in Cocoa Beach, Florida. She attended the St. Thomas University, Benjamin L. Crump College of Law, graduating in 1997.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.