On Tuesday, May 30, 2023, the Supreme Court of Florida dismissed the petition for a writ of mandamus compelling the Florida Bar to comply with its rules and regulations set forth and disbar attorney Laura Diane Simers for her alleged unprofessional behavior and failure to disclose her bipolar disorder.
The case is entitled “Christopher Coon v The Florida Bar” with case no. SC2023-0772.
On May 26, 2023, Christopher Coon filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the Supreme Court of Florida, seeking to compel the Florida Bar to disbar attorney Laura D. Siemers. Coon alleges misconduct and mental health issues on the part of Siemers, including instances of unprofessional behavior and failure to disclose her bipolar disorder. Coon argues that Siemers’ actions have caused harm to multiple clients and he presented supporting exhibits and affidavits to substantiate his claims. Coon requests the court to issue the writ of mandamus and order the Florida Bar to disqualify Siemers from practicing law.
The petition for mandamus states:
“The problems started to arise prior to this petitioner’s jury trial. In which Mrs.Siemers came and saw the petitioner in the jail and told the petitioner that you are guilty you will go away and you will get the maximum time and SHOT THE MIDDLE AT THE PETITIONER AND CUSSED HIM OUT. Not very professional. However unknown to this petitioner at the time. Mrs Siemers apparently was suffering from a mental illness. After serving the entire prison sentence this petitioner has discovered even more evidence that not only would disqualify Mrs. Siemers from representing him during any trial there is sufficient evidence to disbar Mrs Siemers from any type of future law practice to protect the rights of any criminal defendant. This will be discussed in further detail and by way of exhibits. The Florida Bar has utterly refused to enforce and comply with its own rules and regulations thus prompting this Mandamus to be executed.”
In response, the Supreme Court of Florida, on May 30, 2023, dismissed the case on the ground that the court has no jurisdiction over the matter.
The Disposition states:
“Having determined that this Court is without jurisdiction, this case is hereby dismissed. See Tyson v. Florida Bar, 826 So. 2d 265 (Fla. 2002). If the petitioner wishes to seek reinstatement, the motion for reinstatement must be filed within fifteen days from the date of this order.”
Mrs. Siemers practices in Melbourne Beach, Florida. She is licensed in Florida. Her info can be found on lawyerjustia.com.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.