On December 28, 2023, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order approving a Conditional Guilty Plea submitted by Tampa attorney Curtis Lee Allen and suspending him from practice for 10 days. According to the order and plea documents, Allen was accused of violating several Rules Regulating the Florida Bar in two separate complaints filed in 2022.
The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Curtis Lee Allen,” with case no. SC2023-1725.
The first complaint, Florida Bar File No. 2022-10,018(138), stemmed from examinations under oath Allen conducted in 2017 in the case SafePoint Insurance Company v. Gary and Francesca Hallet. The Fifth District Court of Appeal published an opinion in June 2021 expressing concern over Allen’s argumentative and unprofessional remarks directed at the insureds and their counsel during the examinations. Allen admitted in his guilty plea that this conduct violated Rules 3-4.3 (Misconduct and Minor Misconduct), 4-4.4 (Respect for Rights of Third Persons), and 4-8.4(d) (Misconduct).
The second complaint, Florida Bar File No. 2022-10,348(138), involved a Renewed Motion for Attorney Fees Allen filed on behalf of SafePoint in January 2022 in the case Dry Pros Restoration Service v. SafePoint. The trial court took issue with the “tone and length” of the motion and certain characterizations of the opposing party and counsel. Allen later amended the motion to remove the offending language. He acknowledged his original motion violated the same professional conduct rules.
In his Conditional Guilty Plea, Allen agreed to a 10-day suspension, one-year probation with monitoring, Ethics School attendance, and specified CLE courses. He admitted several aggravating factors, like a prior reprimand, but argued circumstances like personal issues and steps taken since to improve.
The Supreme Court’s order approved the plea, suspended Allen for 10 days effective in 30 days, placed him on probation with conditions including fees and reports, and required Ethics School and CLEs.
According to Avvo.com, Mr. Allen is an insurance attorney in Lutz, Florida. He attended the Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. He acquired his law license in Florida in 1994.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.