Palatka lawyer among 32 disciplined by The Florida Bar

ADAM POWELL ROWE

ADAM POWELL ROWE

This week, Historic City News received summaries of discipline orders issued by The Florida Bar from April 4 – June 30, 2016, including one who practices in Palatka. The Florida Supreme Court disciplined 32 attorneys – disbarring six, revoking the licenses of two, suspending 16 and publicly reprimanding eight. Two attorneys were also placed on probation, and another was ordered to pay restitution.

A 2004 graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, 41-year-old Adam Powell Rowe, was admitted to practice law in Florida in February 2006. He was born in St Augustine and grew up in Palatka. He is a partner in the law practice of Speas and Rowe PLLC located at 613 Saint Johns Ave., Suite 2013, Palatka.

Rowe was hired to assist a client in a foreclosure case. Rowe sent a letter to her with unprofessional and threatening language when she requested an itemized list of charges. (Case No. SC16-469)

Rowe was ordered to be publicly reprimanded by publication in the Southern Reporter, following an April 7 court order. Further, Rowe is placed on probation for two years, and he shall sign a rehabilitation contract with Florida Lawyers Assistance.

As an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar and its Department of Lawyer Regulation are charged with administering a statewide disciplinary system to enforce Supreme Court rules of professional conduct for the 103,000-plus lawyers admitted to practice law in Florida.

Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline. Disbarred lawyers may not re-apply for admission for five years. They are required to go through an extensive process that rejects many who apply. It includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam. Historically, less than 5 percent of disbarred lawyers seek readmission.

Comments