On Friday, June 23, 2023, attorney Ryan F.C. Mitchell responded to the Florida Bar’s complaint that accused him of committing felony battery.

The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Ryan F. C. Mitchell” with case no. SC2023-0869.

In a complaint filed on June 14, 2023, it was stated that the respondent was charged by information with one count of felony battery (Great Bodily Harm, Permanent Disability or Permanent Disfigurement), a third-degree felony in Orange County, Florida in case number 2021-CF-15401-A-O, for assaulting his wife on September 22, 2021. On January 14, 2022, amended information was filed to append an additional charge of criminal mischief with damage of $1,000.00 or more, a third-degree felony, for damaging his wife’s cell phone.

The complaint states:

“On the night of September 22, 2021, A.M. awakened the respondent while he was sleeping in bed. He became angry, got out of bed, and began punching A.M. in the head and face. A.M. ran into the living room and covered her face with a pillow. Mitchell followed and said, “I am going to kill you.” He pulled the pillow away from her face and punched her several more times. The couple’s three minor children were present in the house when the incident occurred.”

The complaint continues:

“On January 13, 2023, the respondent pled nolo contendere to two reduced misdemeanor charges in the case: Battery (Domestic Violence), a first-degree misdemeanor; and Criminal Mischief, a second-degree misdemeanor. The court withheld adjudication and sentenced Mitchell to 18 months of supervised probation with conditions, including submitting to a mental health evaluation, submitting to a drug and alcohol evaluation, attending and completing the Batterer’s Intervention Program, having no contact with the victim, and paying $2,224.23 in restitution to the victim.”

In relation to the case, on June 20, 2023, the Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida appointed Judge Elizabeth A. Morris as the referee for the Florida Supreme Court in the disciplinary action brought by The Florida Bar against Ryan F.C. Mitchell. Judge Morris was granted the powers and prerogatives conferred by the Constitution, laws of the State of Florida, and the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar to preside over the case.

In his answer, Mitchell admits to certain allegations in paragraphs 1 to 7, 12, 15, and 16, while denying the claims in paragraphs 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, and 17 of the complaint. Mitchell said that he lacks knowledge about the allegations in paragraph 14.

Mr. Mitchell practices in Orlando, Florida. He is licensed in Florida. His info can be found on legaldictionaries.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.