Legal Ethics

Lawyer Who Billed Fla. for More than 24 Hours in a Day Won’t Be Disciplined

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A Florida Bar grievance committee has dismissed a complaint against a court-appointed criminal defense lawyer accused of billing the state for more than 24 hours on 41 different days.

The committee noted that Jacksonville lawyer David Taylor had the support of several judges who had approved his bills over the state’s objection, the Florida Times-Union reports. Taylor told the Times-Union that 35 of the days for which he billed more than 24 hours included work done on other days. On six days, he said, his bills included work done by other lawyers he had hired.

The committee concluded it had no probable cause to discipline Taylor, but said his conduct was “not consistent with the high standards of our profession.”

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