Feb 4, 2021
During the course of taking the deposition of a witness on September 26, 2017 in a case regarding potential insurance fraud, respondent became unprofessional in his questioning of the witness who he believed was repeatedly lying.
At one point during his questioning, respondent stated that he knew the presiding judge and asked the witness to explain to him why the presiding judge should not put the witness in jail for lying to respondent.
Although respondent believed he had a legitimate purpose for questioning the witness in this manner, he acknowledges that the witness could have perceived his questions as serving no legitimate purpose other than to harass or intimidate him.
Jan 21, 2021
Curtis’s firm didn’t take too kindly to the ethics complaint and he’s no longer a partner at the firm. His Florida Bar profile has reverted to a ‘hotmail’ email account along with a Post Office Box address. LIT assumes he’s busy on covid-gardening leave and addressing the bar grievance etcetera.
Lawyer accused of threat to have opposing counsel’s ‘rear end sanctioned’ faces ethics complaint
Originally Published; Oct 21, 2020 | Republished by LIT; Oct 23, 2020
A Florida insurance defense lawyer is accused of unprofessional conduct toward opposing attorneys and a litigant, including a threat to have an opposing counsel’s “rear end sanctioned” over objections made during a deposition.
The Florida Bar accused lawyer Curtis Lee Allen of Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig in Tampa, Florida, in an Oct. 7 ethics complaint, Law.com reports.
The ethics complaint has two counts relating to cases in Pinellas County and Pasco County. Allen represented Avatar Property and the Casualty Insurance Co. in both cases.
According to allegations in the first count, Allen advised the plaintiff during a deposition that it is a third-degree felony to make a misstatement under oath and to commit insurance fraud. Allen also informed the plaintiff that he knew the presiding judge and insinuated that the judge would throw the plaintiff in jail for lying, the ethics complaint says.
The “tone of questioning during the deposition was aggressive and intimidating toward the witness,” the ethics complaint says.