TAMPA — The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred a Tampa lawyer and disciplined four more from the Tampa Bay area, the Florida Bar said.
The court disbarred Nilesh Magan Patel of 2024 W Cleveland St. in Tampa. Patel represented both parties in the sale of a gas station and accepted money from both to be used toward the purchase, case files showed. After a dispute, one client wanted his $58,000 back, forcing Patel to admit he had improperly used trust account funds, the organization reported. The Supreme Court also ordered Patel to pay $10,500 in restitution.
Disbarred lawyers may reapply after five years.
Also disciplined from the Tampa Bay area, the Bar said, were Peter James Cannon, 3837 Northdale Blvd., Suite 367, Tampa, suspended until further order; Donald Ray Peyton, 7317 Little Road in New Port Richey, suspended for 90 days; Gyneth S. Stanley, 114 Turner St., Clearwater, publicly reprimanded; and William M. Holland Jr., 1725 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, publicly reprimanded.