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Lawyers Fined in Foreclosure Case

When Emmett B. Hagood III’s foreclosure case came before a judge last year, his Orlando lawyers were nowhere to be found. The judge promptly ruled against Hagood, and his home was eventually auctioned off by Wells Fargo.

Now an appeals court has fined KEL law firm partner Craig Lynd and staff lawyers Richard W. Withers and Angela Domenech, citing them for “multiple acts of professional negligence,” according to a recent ruling from the Fifth District Court of Appeal.

Though it found no intentional misconduct, the court’s order on June 28 stated the lawyers had shown “systemic flaws in internal procedures, a lack of understanding of substantive law and rules of procedure, and a lack of supervision by senior lawyers.”

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