Personal Injury Attorneys Hurt Themselves, and Potentially Their Clients, with Misconduct
Winters and Yonker is a personal injury law firm that practices in Florida and Kentucky. Known for their extensive advertising, the attorneys call themselves “the aggressive attorneys.” However, according to the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Bar Association, William Winters and Marc Yonker were too aggressive when they set out to establish the firm of Winters & Yonker in 2001.
Both attorneys were employed by Richard Mulholland when they decided to open their own firm in 2001. According to charges from the Florida Bar Association, rather than attempt to build their own client base, the attorneys allegedly persuaded clients from Mulholland’s firm to switch to the new firm, even telling them a third attorney was going to be there, which never happened. According to the lawsuit, they also copied files and had a legal assistant who was dating Winters at the time change client information in Mulholland’s electronic files.
As a result of these actions, the Supreme Court has found both of the attorneys guilty of professional misconduct and has suspended Winters for 91 days and Yonker for 60 days. After their suspensions are over, Yonker can resume practicing law, but Winters must be reinstated because he was suspended for over 90 days.
What happens to their clients in the meantime? Winters and Yonker have 30 days to make arrangements for them. Their cases will most likely be taken over by other attorneys in the firm who already have a full caseload and are not familiar with their cases. Hopefully their cases will not fall through the cracks and important filing deadlines will not be missed.