On Thursday, September 1, 2022, the Supreme Court of the State of Florida suspended Titusville attorney Robert J. Telfer, Jr. based on the conditional guilty plea for consent judgment filed by The Florida Bar.
The case, titled The Florida Bar v. Robert J. Telfer, Jr.’ was brought by the Florida Bar. Case number #SC22-989.
The disciplinary matter involves Telfer’s misconduct of having entered his limited appearances in attorney Michael Sarraco’s pending cases without communicating and obtaining the clients’ consent to enter the notices of limited appearance on their behalf, during the time period that Saracco was suspended from law practice.
According to the Petition:
‘Respondent tendered a Conditional Guilty Plea for Consent Judgment in this case prior to the filing of a formal complaint with the Supreme Court of Florida.
Pursuant to Rule 3-7.9 of the Rules of Discipline of The Florida Bar, the Conditional Guilty Plea for Consent Judgment has been approved by The Florida Bar.’
With the foregoing facts and discussions, the court approved the Petition.
The Disposition reads:
“The conditional guilty plea and consent judgment for discipline are approved and respondent is suspended from the practice of law for thirty days, effective thirty days from the date of this order s that respondent can close out his practice and protect the interests of existing clients. . .
Respondent is further directed to attend The Florida Bar’s Ethics School under the terms and conditions set forth in the consent judgment.
Judgment is entered for The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300, for recovery of costs from Robert J. Tefler, Jr. in the amount of $1,699.30, for which sum let execution issue.”
According to The Florida Bar, Mr. Telfer practices in Titusville, Florida. He attended the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, graduating in 1971. Telfer has been licensed in Florida.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.