April 16, 2012Mr. Guy A. LewisMr. Michael Ross TeinLewis Tein PL3059 Grand Avenue, Suite 340Coconut Grove, FL 33133-5166Re: Complaint by The Florida Bar against Michael Ross TeinThe Florida Bar File No. 2012-70,334(11G)Complaint by The Florida Bar Bar against Guy A. LewisThe Florida Bar File No. 2012-70,335(11G)Dear Mr. Lewis and Mr. Tein:Newspapers recently reported information pertaining to your representation of Tammy Gwen Billie and Jimmy Bert, some of which was attributed to The Florida Bar and some of which was not accurate. Pursuant to our discussions, please be advised as follows:
1. The Florida Bar does not now nor did it previously have an investigation pertaining to your Motion to Recuse Judge Dresnick, as was previously reported.
2. The matter which is pending at Grievance Committee pertains only to Judge Dresnick's $3500 sanctions order and not to “perjury” or any other issue or allegation, as was previously reported.
3. As discussed, the Florida Bar continues to monitor the underlying civil proceedings.
The Bar regrets any confusion caused by the recent news reports.Sincerely,ARLENE KALISH SANKELChief Branch Discipline Counselcc: Mr. Kendall B. Coffey, Esq.
Because of incorrect information provided by the Florida Bar, a story in Friday's Metro section gave an inaccurate account of the Bar’s investigation into Miami lawyers Guy Lewis and Michael Tein. The Bar is not investigating the lawyers for their assertion — in a recusal motion involving their clients, two Miccosukee Indians — that Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick was biased against Native Americans. The story also mischaracterized the status of two other related allegations. The Bar’s grievance committee is investigating Lewis and Tein’s failure to turn over financial records of their clients. The Bar’s staff is monitoring the lawyers’ assertions regarding the source of their clients’ payments.