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5 South Florida attorneys disciplined by state Supreme Court

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 18 attorneys -- disbarring five, suspending 10 and publicly reprimanding three.

Five of those attorneys were from South Florida.

Neal Randolph Lewis, 9130 S. Dadeland Blvd., Suite 2000, Miami, suspended until further order, effective Dec. 15, following a Sept. 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1978) According to a petition for emergency suspension, the Florida Bar's staff order provided an affidavit which establishes that Lewis was causing great public harm by misappropriating client trust funds.

Robert Andrew Mogle, 12555 Orange Drive, Suite 275, Davie, suspended until further order, effective 30 days from a Sept. 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2000) Mogle was found in contempt for failure to respond to official Bar inquiries in two separate matters. Mogle also relocated his office without informing the Bar.

Alexis Michelle Rabbani, 3009 NE 183rd Lane, Aventura, suspended until further order, effective 30 days from a Sept. 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2000) Rabbani was found in contempt for failure to respond to an official Bar inquiry.

Lance John Ruffe, 2332 Galiano St., Suite 264, Coral Gables, suspended for one year, effective immediately, following a Sept. 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1999) Ruffe was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a Nov. 21, 2013, suspension order. Ruffe was required to notify his clients, opposing counsel and tribunals of his suspension and provide to The Florida Bar, within 30 days of his suspension, a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that received a copy of his suspension order.

Steven E. Siff, 7959 NW Seventh Court, Plantation, suspended for 18 months, effective retroactive to Aug. 20, following a Sept. 26 court order. Further, Siff is placed on probation for two years. (Admitted to practice: 1982) Siff failed to file income tax returns and failed to pay Federal income taxes for approximately 10 years. He pleaded guilty in court to three misdemeanor counts of failure to file personal income tax returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Siff also agreed to pay restitution in the criminal case of more than $924,000.

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