On Thursday, August 17, 2023, the Supreme Court of Florida rendered a decision regarding the disciplinary revocation of Benjamin Waldo Buck Jr. The court struck several documents submitted by Buck Jr. as untimely and ordered him to show cause why his Notice of Withdrawal of Petition for Disciplinary Revocation should not be stricken as filed in bad faith. Unfortunately, Buck Jr. failed to respond to this order.

According to the petition for disciplinary revocation with leave to apply for readmission, several disciplinary charges are pending against Buck before various grievance committees. These allegations include failure to appear in court, coaching a client to conceal information in a deposition, inadequate representation, neglect of cases, and issues related to communication with clients. These allegations span a wide range of legal matters, from criminal cases to personal injury claims.

Buck’s petition sought disciplinary revocation, a process akin to disbarment, with the possibility of seeking readmission after a five-year period. He agreed to reimburse the Client Security Fund and The Florida Bar for any costs incurred in his disciplinary cases. Additionally, Buck commits to submitting to a financial audit, maintaining a current mailing address, and eliminating all references to his status as an attorney from his professional and personal profiles.

The petition acknowledges the seriousness of the disciplinary issues and aims to resolve them in a manner that protects the public interest, maintains the integrity of the legal profession, and ensures the administration of justice.

The court ultimately granted the uncontested petition for disciplinary revocation. This revocation will take effect 30 days from the date of the order to allow Buck Jr. to wind down his practice and protect existing clients. If he no longer practices, the revocation will be immediate.

Furthermore, the court ordered Buck Jr. to comply with specific rules and regulations governing attorney conduct and readmission. Finally, he was directed to reimburse The Florida Bar for costs amounting to $1,250.00.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Buck had been practicing in Tampa, Florida. He was licensed in Florida. He attended the Florida State University College of Law.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.