Mr. Griscti has considerable experience assisting lawyers in disciplinary proceedings under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. He has worked with respondent lawyers before The Florida Bar in jurisdictions statewide at the investigative, grievance committee and referee stages of disciplinary proceedings, as well as in the Supreme Court of Florida. He also has represented candidates for admission to the Bar before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.
Mr. Griscti is a former chair of the Eighth Circuit Grievance Committee. He has published and lectured and published on lawyer discipline, ethics and professionalism and currently sits as a member of the Eighth Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Committee and recently was appointed in 2019 to the Local Professionalism Panel for the Eighth Circuit.
The Florida Supreme Court’s rules regulating lawyer conduct and discipline are extensive and frequently amended. Understanding a lawyer’s professional responsibilities requires careful analysis and understanding of those rules and the procedures used at each stage of proceedings.
Because disciplinary investigations usually begin with a complaint filed with The Florida Bar, it is important for the respondent lawyer to promptly and comprehensively investigate the facts alleged and then respond fully, accurately and timely. By doing so, many complaints can be resolved without the need for hearing before a grievance committee or an adversary proceeding with The Florida Bar before a referee designated by the Florida Supreme Court.
Mr. Griscti also consults with lawyers regarding their professional responsibilities in matters that involve the application of the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct and related obligations of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, as well as with professionalism, civility and rules of decorum before federal and local courts.
For example, lawyers may be subpoenaed as witnesses and require independent review of privilege and other issues before testifying. Conflict of interest issues often arise that require careful consideration before representation is undertaken or continued, to determine if continued representation is appropriate. Mr. Griscti provides consultation and, if necessary, representation of counsel in such matters.
Mr. Griscti consults with and represents healthcare professionals in licensing, disciplinary and related administrative proceedings before the Boards of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and in other healthcare professions regulated by the Florida Department of Health.
The healthcare industry is one of the most highly regulated by state and federal agencies. That regulatory oversight often initiates licensing, disciplinary, certification, hospital privileges or other proceedings for public and private healthcare professionals. These proceedings are determined by statutory, administrative and institutional laws, rules and policies.
Gainesville and north Florida have substantial medical communities. Mr. Griscti has worked with physicians, nurses, administrators, and other healthcare professionals at the University of Florida Health (UF Health) medical network associated with the University of Florida, including its academic hospitals at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and UF Health Jacksonville in Jacksonville; North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville; the Veterans Administration hospitals in Gainesville, Lake City and Tampa; and in other public and private hospitals, clinics, medical practices, clinics, and with healthcare affiliates in Florida.
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Licensed professionals, public and private, are subject to regulation and review by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) in licensing and other administrative matters. See http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/services.html for the many professions regulated by the DBPR.
Mr. Griscti has assisted certified public accountants, veterinarians, contractors, and other professionals and businesses in a variety of matters regulated by Florida’s DBPR. Licensed Florida professionals and businesses who have received formal or informal state administrative inquiries or concerns or seek to consult with counsel in exercising due diligence, should confer with legal counsel experienced in their specific disciplines of regulated practice in Florida, each of which is ultimately unique.