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REPORT
RELA'flNGTOALL:EGAnONSOFMISCONDUCTAGAINST:
ALEXANDERJ.LABORA,ESQ.
EXHIBIT
13
 
I.Background.
Duringthetimesrelevanttotheallegationsgivingrisetothisinvestigation,AlexanderLaboraservedonwhatis
commonly
referredtoas"thewheel"fordependencyandterminationof
parental
rightscases.Attorneysonthewheelareappointed
by
thecourtonacase-by-case
basis
andarepaidanhourlyratebased
upon
acontract
withthe
StateofFlorida.TheJusticeAdministrativeCommission("JAC").administerspaymentsandsupervisestheattorneys.Whenanattorney'sbillis
submitted
tothe
lAC,
the
lAC
eitherentersintoastipulationthatthebillisacceptableorobjectstothefees.IftheJACobjects,
then
thedisputeis
referred
toafeeresolutioncommitteeC'FRC
a).
AftertheFRCreviewsthefees,theJACandattorneycanenterintoastipulationorgobeforeajudgeforanevidentiaryhearing.
Mr.
Labora'sbillshavebeen
to
the
FRe
in
relationto
two(2)mattersandbothtimes
the
partiesreachedanagreedresolution.
Regardless
ofwhetherthefeeisagreedto,stipulatedtoaftergoing
before
theFRC,ordecidedbaseduponanevidentiaryhearing,thejudgepresidingoverthemattertheattorneyissubmittingthebillformustfindthatthebillisreasonableandnecessarybeforetheattorneycanbepaid.
11.AllegationsofWrongdoing.
Thisinvestigationarose
after
theAssociateGenera]CounseltotheJACsent
an
affidavittotheFloridaBar,baseduponherinvestigation(hereinafterreferredtoasthe
"jAC
Affldavit"),allegingvariousactsofwrongdoingagainst
Mr.
Labora,Allofthe
allegations
eitherrelate
to,
orarisefrom.
billssubmitted
totheJACbyMr.
Labora.
Theallegations.ofwrongdoingare
broken
down
asfoll.ows:
Relating
to
representation
of
clientsRule4~1.1(competence)Rule
4-1.2
(scopeofrepresentation)
Rule4-3.2(expediting
litigation)Rule4-S.4(d)(engageinconductprejudicialtotheadministrationofjustice)
Rule4-8.4(a)
(violate
orattempt
to
violatetheRPC)
Relatingto
over
billing
Rule
4~4.1(truthfulnessinstatementstoothers)
Rule4
w
S.4(c)(engageinconductinvolvingdishonesty,fraud,deceit,ormis-
representation)
Rule
8.4(a)(violateor
attempt
toviolatetheRPC)
d
~(;:vo
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IlLAllegationsandfindingsrelatingtoallegedwrongdoinginrepresentationofclients.
Basedupon
Mr.
Labora'sbillingrecords,tileJACAffidavitandcomplaintletterassert
that
Mr.
Labora'spracticesgiverise
to
concernsrelatingtohisrepresentationofclients,
Specifically,
that:
(1)Mr.Laborafrequentlybillsforcheckingthedatesofhearings;
(2)
hisclientsenterdenialsand
proceed
toadjudicatorhearings;(3)
very
littletime
is
spentpreparingfortrial;(4)
Mr.
Labors'sclientsseemtohavemonthlyjudicialreviews,ratherthanevery
.3--6
months;
and,
.(5)Mr.Laborafrequentlyfilesadversarialmotions,sometimeswithoutjustification.
Response
by
Mr.
Labors
(1)
In
Miami-Dade,counselarenotgivenwrittennoticeofhearingsandmanytimeshearingsarechancedor
cancelled
withoutnotice;
(2)
Proceeding
towards
adjudicatory
hearings
often
allowstheclientstoobtainbetterterms
in
termsofa
settlement.
In
addition,itisirresponsibletoenter
into"
aconsentimmediatelywithoutlearningthefactsofaparticularcase;(3)Thebillswerenotdetailedenoughtoreflectcasepreparation,oftentimesuchtime
was
categorized
as
"reviewingtheclientfilefortrial";(4)Thecourtsetsthehearingsand
Mr.
Laborahasnocontrolover
the
frequency,
although
onepossiblereasonisthathedoesnotwaivetechnicaldefectsrelatingto72
hours
of
notice
prior
to
acourtconsideringa
nCF
report;and,(5)Theallegationsarespeculation.
Investigation
Toinvestigatethisfile,ImetwiththreedifferentJudgesthat
Mr.
Laborshasappearedbeforeduringthetimerelevant
to
tileallegations.OneofthoseJudgessaidthat
Mr.
Laboraisoneofthebestattorneyspracticingbefore
the
court
in
dependencycases;the
second
Judgesaidthat
Mr,
Laboreis
not
oftenpreparedandisfrequentlylate,butheisnotincompetent;thethirdJudgesaid
that
Mr.Laboraiscompetent.
In
addition,
J
recently
attendedaregularcalendarindependencycourtfindcan
confirm
that
Mr.
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