On Thursday, May 25, 2023, the Supreme Court of Florida disbarred attorney Mark Robert Moon for failing to respond to clients regarding the status of their cases.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Mark Robert Moon,” with case no. SC2022-0638.

The charges cited Florida Rules of Professional Conduct 4-1.2, 4-1.3, 4-1.4, 4-1.15, 4-1.16(d), 4-3.2, 4-8.4(g), 4-1.5, 4-3.4(c). 

On May 11, 2022, the Florida Bar filed multiple complaints against the respondent. The complaints allege negligence, lack of communication, and failure to fulfill his professional obligations in representing clients.

The first complaint revolves around Moon’s representation of a client in a family law matter dating back to 2013. According to the complaint, Moon’s communication with the same ceased abruptly in October 2020, and he failed to respond to her attempts to reach him via phone, email, and certified mail. Moreover, Moon allegedly failed to expedite the litigation process and diligently pursue the client’s claims, leading her to seek alternative legal counsel.

In the second complaint, Moon was accused of neglecting his dissolution of marriage case. It was claimed that Moon ceased all communication after a conversation in December 2020 and failed to respond to numerous inquiries for information. Additionally, Moon allegedly retained an excessive fee by not completing any work on the client’s behalf or returning any unused portion of the retainer.

The third complaint originates from Moon’s representation of a client in a family law matter. Allegedly, Moon failed to appear at court-ordered case management conferences and disregarded his obligations as counsel. The client’s attempts to contact Moon remained unanswered, and he did not respond to the subsequent inquiry from The Florida Bar.

Following this complaint, in a report of the referee dated March 7, 2023, the referee recommended that Moon be found guilty of the misconduct and be disbarred. The referee also recommended that Moon pay the costs of the proceedings and eliminate all indications of his status as an attorney. Moon has a prior disciplinary record, and similar cases have resulted in disbarment.

The Report states:

“By order dated December 19, 2022, the referee directed the bar to file its memorandum of law stating its position as to the appropriate discipline for the respondent’s misconduct and ordered the respondent to file a written response to the bar’s memorandum or request a hearing on sanctions within ten (10) days of the bar’s filing of its memorandum. The Florida Bar filed its Memorandum of Law as to Discipline on January 17, 2023. Respondent failed to file any written response to the bar’s memorandum or request a hearing on sanctions within the ordered ten (10) day period,· and the undersigned made his recommendation without a further hearing based on the bar’s memorandum pursuant to the procedure defined in the December 19, 2022 order. All items properly filed including pleadings, recorded testimony (if transcribed), exhibits in evidence and the report of · referee constitute the record in this case and are forwarded to the Supreme. Court of Florida.”

In consideration of the complaint and the report of the referee, the Supreme Court of Florida ordered the disbarment of the respondent.

The Disposition states:

“The uncontested report of the referee is approved and the respondent is disbarred. The respondent is currently suspended; therefore, this disbarment is effective immediately. Respondent shall fully comply with Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 3-5.1(h). Respondent shall also fully comply with Rule Regulating The FloridaBar 3-6.1, if applicable.”

Mr. Moon practices in Brandon, Florida. He is licensed in Florida. His info can be found on avvo.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.