The Florida Bar announced Friday that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 20 attorneys – disbarring five, suspending nine, and publicly reprimanding six, including two from Northwest Florida. 

Jennifer Byrom of Milton will receive a public reprimand administered by a referee, following a Jan. 26 court order. Further, Byrom shall complete 30 hours of continuing legal education credits; half in guardianship and the remainder in guardianship, probate, and/or estate planning.

During the course of serving as a voluntary guardian of a widow’s property for 10 years, Byrom charged excessive fees, totaling more than $400,000. She has been practicing law for more than 30 years.

John David Snell of Niceville will be be publicly reprimanded by a referee, and further placed on probation for two years, following a Jan. 26 court order.

In a petition signed under oath, Snell stated that he had not practiced law, when in fact, he had. Snell was notified previously by The Florida Bar that he needed to complete his Continuing Legal Education Requirements. When he failed to do so, he was notified that he was considered delinquent and ineligible to practice until he removed the delinquency.

As an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar and its Department of Lawyer Regulation are charged with administering a statewide disciplinary system to enforce Supreme Court rules of professional conduct for the 104,000-plus members of The Florida Bar. Key discipline case files that are public record are posted to attorneys’ individual online Florida Bar profiles. To view discipline documents, follow these steps.

Additional information on the discipline system and how to file a complaint are available at www.floridabar.org/attorneydiscipline.