Matthew S. Mudano
has been appointed to a 4 year term on a Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 13th Judicial Circuit(Hillsborough County).The function and procedures of the grievance committee are comparable to those of a grand jury. The committees investigate complaints against lawyers who are members of The Florida Bar to determine whether the facts show probable cause to believe that ethical violations or other misconduct has occurred. If a complaint involves minor misconduct only, the committee may recommend that the errant attorney be admonished. If probable cause is found, a formal complaint will be filed by the Bar with the Supreme Court. Thereafter, the court will have a referee appointed and the matter proceeds to trial. Punishment for a lawyer found guilty can range from Public reprimand to permanent disbarment from the practice of law.