On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners filed a report recommending the readmission of Holly Ann Mantle to the Florida Bar. Mantle was originally admitted to practice law in Florida in 2006 but was later disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Holly Ann Mantle.”

According to the filing, between January 2013 and February 2014, Mantle improperly withdrew approximately $25,000 from her trust account and used the funds to pay personal and business expenses. She was facing a bar complaint at the time of her disbarment related to this conduct. Mantle also failed to notify the North Carolina Bar of her disbarment in Florida in a timely manner.

Moreover, the Board found that Mantle committed several misconduct when she failed to timely file federal income tax returns for 2012 and 2013, failed to timely pay federal income taxes for 2012 (approximately $9,800 owed) and 2013 (approximately $37,000), and her law firm failed to timely pay Florida’s reemployment tax for the first quarter of 2013 (owed $882.77). Due to several misconduct, Mantle was disbarred on September 26, 2014.

After serving her discipline, Mantle sought readmission by filing a Florida Bar Application on November 15, 2021. In response, the Board conducted its character and fitness investigation, which included an investigative hearing on November 18, 2022. A formal hearing was convened on August 18, 2023, via Zoom videoconference. According to the hearing, since her disbarment over nine years ago, Mantle has pursued a career in nursing and hospital administration. She took and passed the Florida Bar Examination in July 2022.  The board also found that Mantle had proven her rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence. She documented over 500 hours of community service and provided positive testimony and references about her present good moral character and professional reputation.

Based on Mantle’s showing of rehabilitation, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners decided to file a report recommending her readmission to the Florida Bar.

According to avvo.com, Ms. Mantle is a family attorney in Vero Beach, Florida. She acquired her law license in Florida in 2006. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.