On Monday, February 19, 2024, the Supreme Court of Florida received a petition from The Florida Bar against four respondents accused of engaging in the unlicensed practice of law.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Alex Guillamont a/k/a Alejandro Guillamont Moreno, Anna Weiss, Lorena Avila, and Kennedys CMK LLP, a New Jersey limited liability partnership,” with case no. 20224066(11A), 20244017(11A), and 20244018(11A).

The Florida Bar petitioned against Alex Guillamont, Anna Weiss, Lorena Avila and Kennedys CMK LLP, claiming all had engaged in the unlawful practice of law in Florida. Guillamont, Weiss, and Avila are foreign legal consultants from England, Wales, and Venezuela respectively, certified to provide legal counsel only regarding the laws of their home countries. However, the Bar asserted they had held themselves out more broadly on the website of Kennedys Law LLP, the international law firm they work for in partnership with Kennedys CMK LLP.

Specifically, the Bar said the individuals used titles beyond their approvals and indicated experience in multiple Latin American countries, not just their certified regions. Kennedys Law LLP’s website also described Guillamont as leader of a 60-lawyer Latin America practice and Weiss as head of a construction team for the region, it was stated.

Additionally, the Bar alleged the parties maintained an office or regular presence in Florida through Kennedys CMK LLP, in violation of rules requiring foreign lawyers to restrict Florida activities. All three consultants were also accused of continuing to identify as such after failing to pay this year’s certification fees.

Kennedys CMK LLP is a New Jersey partnership registered in Florida since 2018. It and Kennedys Law LLP are affiliated international firms. In the petition, the Bar asked the Supreme Court to rule the parties engaged in unauthorized practice, issue an injunction, recover costs, and consider sanctions under rules for foreign consultants.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.