On Monday, November 13, 2023, former judge John F. Lakin filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Florida for reinstatement to membership in good standing in The Florida Bar. Lakin was suspended from practicing law for two years, effective May 29, 2019, due to violations of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of John F. Lakin.”

The charges cited Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 3-4.3, 4-8.4(a)(d) which states:

The commission by a lawyer of any act that is unlawful or contrary to honesty and justice may constitute a cause for discipline.

A lawyer shall not violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another.

A lawyer shall not engage in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.

In his petition, Lakin provided information about his occupation since his suspension, which includes working as a Field Representative for JUVO, LLC from August 2018 to February 28, 2020, and as a self-employed consultant for third-party administrators (TPA) involving the administration of workers’ compensation claims from March 2020 to present. He also listed his monthly income from these positions.

Lakin also provided information about his prior reinstatement proceedings in Massachusetts, including a hearing panel report dated June 22, 2021, recommending that his petition for reinstatement be denied, and a judgment denying reinstatement dated December 2, 2021. However, he also included a hearing panel report dated August 21, 2023, recommending that his petition for reinstatement be allowed, and a judgment of reinstatement dated November 7, 2023, reinstating him subject to conditions.

The petition was filed with the Supreme Court of Florida along with a filing fee of $500.00 and a copy of Lakin’s check, number 805. It was also accompanied by an authorization executed by Lakin to the District Director of the Internal Revenue Service for the release of his federal income tax returns since admission to the Bar.

Mr. Lakin was a judge for the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Manatee County. He was elected to the bench in 2012. Lakin retired from the bench in 2016 amidst allegations of judicial misconduct. Prior to joining the bench, he spent the bulk of his legal career in private practice in both Massachusetts and Florida. He received an A.B. from Boston College. Lakin then completed a J.D. at the Massachusetts School of Law.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.