On Tuesday, January 9, 2024, the Supreme Court of Florida approved the emergency suspension of attorney John Spencer Jenkins. The order comes after the Florida Bar filed a petition seeking Jenkins’ suspension for misappropriation of client funds.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. John Spencer Jenkins,” with case no. SC2024-0022.

In the Florida Supreme Court’s order, the court approved the Florida Bar’s petition seeking to immediately suspend Jenkins in response to allegations of misappropriating over $452,000 in client funds. Jenkins was accused of misusing funds that were entrusted to him while representing the estate of William L. Walters. Despite inquiries from the Florida Bar, Jenkins did not provide records relating to the settlement or account for the missing funds.

Financial records obtained by the bar revealed deposits into Jenkins’ trust account that were later misappropriated and transferred to his operating account, in violation of rules regarding maintaining client funds. The bar contended Jenkins used the entrusted money for personal expenditures instead of disbursing the agreed-upon $643,000 to settle the estate.

As part of the emergency suspension, the Supreme Court ordered Jenkins to notify his clients and courts he is no longer allowed to practice law. He must also cease accessing any trust accounts, accepting new clients, or filing new cases. Jenkins is prohibited from publicizing himself as an attorney and must identify an appropriate person to take over any existing estate, guardianship, or trust cases for which he was responsible.

The Disposition states:

“The Petition for Emergency Suspension filed pursuant to Rule 3-5.2 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar is approved and it is hereby ordered that Respondent is suspended from the practice of law 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 2012. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.