The Florida Bar filed a Petition for Contempt against attorney Mark Aaron Sobocienski with the Florida Supreme Court on December 18, 2023. This comes after the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee ‘C’ found Sobocienski to be in contempt for failing to cooperate with a Bar investigation.
The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Mark Aaron Sobocienski,” with case number 2024-70,287(11C)(OSC).
The series of events began on August 28, 2023, when The Florida Bar sent Sobocienski a letter notifying him of a complaint and requesting a response by September 12, 2023. However, Sobocienski failed to respond to this initial inquiry. On September 26, 2023, Sobocienski was served with a subpoena duces tecum compelling him to provide documents within 15 days. Yet again, Sobocienski did not comply.
The Florida Bar followed up with another letter to Sobocienski on September 28, 2023, asking for a response by October 9, 2023. For the third time, Sobocienski ignored the Bar’s request. Because of Sobocienski’s repeated failure to cooperate or respond to the Bar’s letters and subpoenas, the Grievance Committee held a hearing on December 11, 2023. Sobocienski was notified of the hearing and given until December 8, 2023, to provide a written statement but did not do so.
At the hearing, the Committee found Sobocienski guilty of contempt for willfully failing to respond to the Bar’s inquiries or comply with the subpoena. The Committee then requested The Florida Bar file a Petition for Contempt with the Supreme Court.
Accordingly, the Bar filed its Petition on December 18, 2023, asking the Supreme Court to suspend Sobocienski until he fully responds to the Bar’s investigation and complies with the subpoena. The Bar is also seeking $1,250 in administrative costs from Sobocienski due to his failure to cooperate.
The Petition for Contemp states:
“WHEREFORE, The Florida Bar requests that this Court suspend respondent pursuant to Rule 3-7.11(f), until such time as respondent fully responds in writing to the official Bar inquiry and to the subpoena duces tecum served on respondent on September 26, 2023, contained in “Exhibit 1″ and until further order of this Court.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Sobocienski is a litigation attorney in Miami, Florida. He attended the St. Thomas University School of Law, graduating in 2008. He acquired his law license in Florida in the same year.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.