On October 5, 2023, the Florida Bar filed a Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause against attorney Odiator Arugu with the Supreme Court of Florida for non-compliance with a previous suspension order.

The case is titled “The Florida Bar v. Odiator Arugu,” case no. 2023-30,459 (09A) (OSC).

Arugu has been accused of violating the Supreme Court’s order dated November 10, 2022, which suspended him from practicing law for 91 days with proof of rehabilitation required prior to being reinstated. The Florida Bar has filed a petition for contempt and an order to show cause, alleging that Arugu failed to close out his practice and protect the interests of his clients before the effective date of his suspension, communicated with a client, and gave her legal advice while suspended, and failed to move to withdraw from a client’s case before the effective date of his suspension.

For these reasons, the Florida Bar requested that the Court enter an order directing Arugu to show cause why he should not be held in contempt of the Court’s order and why he should not be disbarred. The Bar also requested the Court for Arugu to pay administrative costs in the amount of $1,250.00.

According to Avvo, Mr. Arugu is an estate planning attorney in Orlando, Florida. He attended the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, graduating in 1994. He acquired his law license in Florida in 1995.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.