ORLANDO, Fla. Florida Bar suspended an attorney’s license in the Orlando area after several clients claimed they paid him thousands of dollars and received nothing.
Justin Infurna’s license was suspended on December 28, 2020, according to filings submitted to the Florida Supreme Court.
Jeanelle Douglas said she hired Infurna to solve some inheritance problems for her after her grandmother died in Palm Bay.
“At first Justin Infurna presented himself as a professional. He was an expert. He could have it all done in a matter of months, ”she told News 6.
Three years and $ 1,800 later, she said she was still waiting for results.
“Before I paid him, he’d talk to me on the phone and overdo me. As soon as I paid him he just changed, ”she said. “Communication has almost stopped.”
“He told me, ‘Slam Dunk Fall,'” said Inna Alekseenko.
Alekseenko said she paid Infurna $ 2,500 to file a damaged car lawsuit.
“I emailed him an update on my case and he just stopped,” she said. “He said, ‘I’m still doing research, I’m still doing this.’ There is always an excuse why this lawsuit was never brought. “
Alekseenko filed a complaint against Infurna with Florida Bar, the organization that governs legal practice in the state.
The bar added their complaint to 14 others and submitted it to the Florida Supreme Court in an emergency petition.
According to the records received from News 6, customers in Hillsborough, Citrus, Pinellas, and West Palm Beach counties had complaints.
The documents read: “Many (Infurnas) customers have claimed that (he) charged a high upfront fee and then stopped communicating with them and failed to provide useful services.”
“Many clients have claimed that (he) yelled at and yelled at them, and some clients have claimed that (his) aggressiveness and verbal abuse brought them to tears,” read another claim.
Overall, Florida Bar claimed that Infurna committed “over 90 potential rule violations”.
Three days after Christmas, the Florida Supreme Court suspended his license to practice law, citing violations of wrongdoing, diligence and communication.
Infurna’s website has been removed and the law firm’s phone has been disconnected.
News 6 went to Infurna’s downtown Orlando office to see what might have happened, but the receptionist said he was no longer a tenant of the shared workspace, even though his name was still on the directory.
“I want my money back, honestly,” said Douglas. “Nothing is really being done for me. I want pretty much every last penny back. “
The Florida Bar said it receives complaints about Infurna on a daily basis and the investigation is ongoing.
A representative said a judge could eventually order Infurna to repay all of its clients.
The Bar Association has also set up a customer security fund that could help them later.
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