On Tuesday, December 20, 2022, the Supreme Court of Florida disbarred Plantation attorney Timmy W. Cox Sr. after being held in Contempt of Court for failure to file a response in an Order to Show Cause issued by the court. The Case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Timmy W. Cox Sr.,” with case no. SC22-1479.
In a Petition dated November 1, 2022, it was stated that the Respondent was served through a substitute service with a Subpoena Duces Tecum to appear and testify via Zoom before the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee on September 12, 2022. However, the respondent failed to appear before the Committee without any explanation. By Court Order, the respondent was suspended from the practice of law for one year for the following misconduct
The Petition states:
“Respondent conducted himself in a disrespectful manner toward a judge in open court and at sidebar during his representation in a criminal case.
Respondent demonstrated incompetence and a lack of decorum during a petition hearing in an adoption case. The petition was legally insufficient on its face, and the respondent failed to advise the mother she was agreeing to irrevocably surrender her parental rights.
Respondent failed to appear at a properly noticed hearing during his representation in a criminal case.”
In an Order by the Court dated October 11, 2022, the respondent was again held in contempt and suspended from the practice of law. According to the Bar, it was already the third time they had to petition the Court for contempt and an order to show cause regarding this respondent. Moreover, it was stated that the cumulative nature of the respondent’s contemptuous conduct makes it evident that the respondent does not value his privilege to practice law. Thus, disbarment is warranted.
The Disposition states:
“IT IS ORDERED that The Florida Bar’s petition is granted and the respondent is held in contempt of this Court. As a sanction, the respondent is disbarred from the practice of law in the State of Florida. 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 Florida Bar 3-6.1, if applicable.”
Mr. Cox’s info can be found on martindale.com. He attended St. Thomas University School of Law, graduating in 2014. Cox practices in Plantation, Florida. He is licensed in Florida.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.