April 30, 2011
Prepared by The Florida Barâ€™s Public Information and Bar Services Department
The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 26 attorneys, disbarring four and suspending 20. Some attorneys received more than one form of discipline. One attorney was placed on probation; two attorneys were publicly reprimanded. Two attorneys were ordered to pay restitution.
Peter Stephen Baranowicz, 1797 San Silvestro Drive, Venice, suspended for one year, retroactive to November 3, 2010, following a February 9 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) In one case, a client paid Baranowicz $8,300 toward representation for an appeal, wherein he failed to respond to numerous court orders and keep the client adequately informed about the case status. He failed to respond to the Barâ€™s inquiry in this matter as well as other inquiries, one alleging his failure to pay for process services, and another alleging lack of diligence and communication in handling a criminal matter. (Case No. SC10-1232)