In 2004, Adorno participated in settlement meetings with the city that resulted in a small group of his clients getting $7 million, although his clients had only actually paid $93,000 in fire rescue fees. Later, city officials said they felt misled by Adorno because they thought they were settling the case for everyone and not just Adorno’s small group of clients. The $7-million settlement was invalidated in 2006, but Adorno appealed, and the legal wrangling continued, eventually leading to his suspension.
George Yoss, Adorno’s partner, says the suspension “flabbergasted” him because, at worst, he expected that the Florida Supreme Court would follow another judge’s recommendation to impose a public reprimand.
“There’s a big difference between a public reprimand and a suspension.” Yoss says. “I respectfully disagree with the court.”