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Attorney Suspended for Alleged Theft of Client Funds

Florida Attorney A. Clark Cone has been temporarily suspended from the practice of law by the Florida State Supreme Court, due to allegations that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients. He faces the possible loss of his license, as well as criminal actions. Bar investigators say that they discovered that Mr. Cone kept $500,000.00 in insurance proceeds from a Massachusetts couple’s 2005 personal injury settlement, and that he filed a lawsuit for slip and fall damages in South Carolina, where he is not licensed to practice, and pocketed the plaintiff’s $38,000.00 monetary recovery.

Melody Ashling, a former paralegal for Cone, told Bar investigators she fears dozens of clients lost their chance to recover money because Cone failed to file court documents on time.

Mr. Cone has previously been recognized by the Florida Justice Association for his outstanding leadership and is the son of a well-known attorney, Al Cone, who died in September. His defense attorney, David Roth, says that he has suffered “devastating personal problems” in the last few years.


Abraham Lincoln said, “When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” To paraphrase him, “When legal professionals do good, I feel good; when they do bad, I feel bad. That’s my profession’s obligation – to do good.”

UPDATE: Disbarred West Palm Beach attorney arrested for insurance fraud

2 Responses to Attorney Suspended for Alleged Theft of Client Funds

  1. A. Clark Cone is a criminal in every sense of the word. He not only victimized his clients, he forged names on important documents, dismissed their cases w/o the clients consent, stole and misappropriated over $500,000 in funds due his clients. He should be in jail and who knows if that will happen one day soon, we hope. He's a lying cheating evil person without a conscience, that made victims of already bonified victims. The Law Community is ashamed of persons as he. His father is certainly rolling in his grave.

  2. I agree that this story reflects a horrific abuse of an attorney's fidiciary duties to his clients. It's especially sad given that Clark appears to have once enjoyed an excellent reputation among his peers.

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