On Friday, October 27, 2023, the Supreme Court of Florida ordered the suspension of attorney Tara Gillette. The suspension is a result of a Notice of Determination or Judgment of Guilt filed by The Florida Bar.
The case is entitled “The Florida Bar v. Tara Gillette” with case number SC2023-1491.
The notice revealed that Ms. Gillette pleaded guilty to several criminal charges in different cases. These charges include possession of a controlled substance without prescription, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, petit theft, grand theft motor vehicle, trespass in an unoccupied structure, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gillette failed to notify The Florida Bar of her arrest, charges, and convictions as required. The Bar has requested the court to find her guilty of violating professional conduct rules and to impose necessary sanctions.
The Supreme Court granted the request and suspended Gillette’s law license. The order specifies that this suspension will become effective thirty days from the date of this decision. This grace period aims to provide Gillette with an opportunity to properly conclude her legal practice and protect the interests of her current clients.
Nonetheless, if Tara Gillette formally informs the Court in writing that she has ceased her legal practice and doesn’t require the full thirty days to ensure her clients’ welfare, the Court will promptly enforce the suspension.
Furthermore, the order emphasizes that Gillette must fully adhere to the Rule Regulating The Florida Bar, and during the suspension period, she is not permitted to accept any new business.
According to Avvo, Ms. Gillette is a divorce and separation attorney in New Port Richey, Florida. She attended Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, graduating in 2007, and then acquired her law license in Florida the following year.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.