A Naples lawyer who was suspended from practicing law in Florida has been disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court, which said he acted as an attorney when he’d been ordered not to do so.
The Florida Bar, in a recent news release, announced that Allen David Brufsky of Port Royal was found in contempt and disbarred effective immediately, following an Aug. 7 Supreme Court order.
Brufsky became the first Southwest Florida-based attorney disbarred in the five-county 20th Judicial Circuit, which includes Collier and Lee counties, in either 2012 or 2013, Florida Bar public information coordinator Karen Kirksey said.
The Bar news release said Brufsky was suspended in November 2010 and again in May 2011 for his handling of legal matters, but then “acting as an attorney, he prepared, signed and filed a notice in probate court for his wife. Brufsky also made a misleading statement about his Florida suspension on an application to practice before a federal court in New York.”
Contacted Monday night, Brufsky, 75, said he’s a victim of a Florida Bar “witch hunt” and that the original suspension, stemming from his representation of a client, should have been rendered moot because the underlying dispute was resolved.
In additional documentation provided to the Daily News on Tuesday, Brufksy wrote of the original suspension: “This was not a matter for the Bar to ever be involved in, but one more suited to be resolved by civil litigation...”
As for representing his wife and getting disbarred as a result, Brufsky said in the Monday night interview: “I made a mistake” by signing a document as an attorney instead of as a spouse.
“They were looking for something else to pin on me,” he said of the Bar.
Brufsky said the Florida high court’s action doesn’t stop him from practicing patent and trademark law in the nation’s capital.
Brufsky was involved in a lawsuit with the Daily News over an article it published in August 2011 regarding a legal dispute with his neighbor’s family in Port Royal.
The other Southwest Florida disbarment in 2012 and 2013 was for an attorney from Arizona who handled a legal matter locally, Florida Bar records show.
Florida Bar data shows there were 58 disbarments of attorneys in Florida in fiscal 2012-13 among the 96,559 lawyers licensed to practice in the state’s 67 counties.