Thursday, February 22, 2018
Politics

Jim Greer attorney faces discipline

The colorful lawyer who vigorously defended disgraced former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer after his fall from power has been disciplined in an unrelated case.

The Florida Bar announced Wednesday that Damon Chase would get a public reprimand and attend ethics school for his handling of a real estate case, saying he didn't oversee an associate well enough and also made other mistakes on the case.

"Chase sent an email to a client that could be considered threatening, directed unprofessional language toward an opposing party and testified during a motion to withdraw hearing in a manner that may have been detrimental to his client," according to the announcement from the Bar.

Chase, of Lake Mary, gained attention during his defense of Greer for loudly proclaiming Greer's innocence — even after the former chairman pleaded guilty to five criminal counts in connection with his fundraising activities during his time in office.

Greer is serving an 18-month sentence.

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