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Ex-GOP boss’s lawyer is slapped by Florida Bar

by John Kennedy | November 27th, 2013

Damon Chase, a prominent Central Florida lawyer who represented former Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer, has been ordered to be reprimanded by the Florida Bar Board of Governors for failing to supervise an associate and also sending a potentially threatening email to a client.

Chase, of Lake Mary, also is required to attend the Bar’s Ethics School and send letters apologizing to the clients he apparently offended by his behavior in a complicated real estate case in 2010.

One of the letters will go to the sister of a client who, during  a meeting, asked him to stop reviewing email. He responded, “F— you,” according to the Florida Bar.

In its findings, made public Wednesday, the Bar concluded that Chase, “recognizes that his conduct has damaged the public’s perception of lawyers. (He also) has fully accepted responsibility for the misconduct and is not blaming others for what occurred. He has learned from this experience and has taken steps to ensure that he does not engage in similar misconduct in the future, such as educating himself as it relates to stress management and dealing with difficult personalities.”

Chase is an outspoken lawyer who dragged himself up from a youth marked by criminal arrests and generally bad conduct. He was an aggressive advocate for Greer, who is now serving an 18-month prison term for stealing $125,000 from the Florida Republican Party while serving as its chairman.

Greer was hand-picked to be party boss by then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, now the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Rick Scott next year. Greer pleaded guilty earlier this year to four counts of theft and one count of money laundering.

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