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Opinion and Order: In Re Thomas Grant Neusom

Case No: 2:24-mc-2-JES


In a recent development within the legal realm, the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division, addressed a grievance matter involving attorney Thomas Grant Neusom. The court’s decision, detailed in this Opinion and Order, stems from a comprehensive review of Neusom’s conduct, particularly in relation to the Clark Pear LLC v. MVP Realty Associates LLC case.

Fort Lauderdale-based attorney Thomas Grant Neusom faced disciplinary action following allegations of professional misconduct. The grievance committee’s investigation, prompted by Neusom’s actions in the Clark Pear LLC v. MVP Realty Associates LLC case, revealed concerning findings regarding his legal practices. The resulting Report and Recommendation highlighted several instances where Mr. Neusom’s actions allegedly breached professional and ethical standards.

Findings and Recommendations

The Grievance Committee found instances where Neusom’s conduct fell short of professional standards. The grievance committee’s report highlighted probable cause to believe that Mr. Neusom violated multiple rules, including failing to act with reasonable diligence, making misrepresentations to the court, and knowingly disobeying tribunal rules.

Allegations included fabricating citations and cases in court documents with the use of artificial intelligence, a practice deemed unethical and unprofessional.

Based on these findings, the committee recommended specific sanctions against Mr. Neusom. The committee recommended disciplinary actions, including a one-year suspension and participation in educational workshops and counseling programs.

Court Proceedings

U.S. District Judge John E. Steele presided over the disciplinary proceedings against Neusom.

The court meticulously reviewed the grievance committee’s findings, Mr. Neusom’s objections and responses, and relevant case history before rendering a decision. Despite arguments suggesting that sanctions could not be imposed after the underlying case was closed, the court upheld the committee’s recommendations and imposed sanctions consistent with the severity of the misconduct.

Mr. Neusom received a one-year suspension from the Bar of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Additionally, he was prohibited from taking on new cases in the district until reinstated. The court outlined specific reinstatement conditions, including completion of educational workshops, payment of outstanding sanctions, and certification of rule familiarization.

Artificial Intelligence and Legal Practice

A noteworthy aspect of the case involves Neusom’s admission to possibly utilizing artificial intelligence in drafting legal documents. While acknowledging the evolving landscape of legal research tools, the court emphasized that such technology should complement, not replace, attorneys’ due diligence in providing accurate legal authority to the court.

The court’s decision underscores the importance of upholding professional conduct standards among legal practitioners. While Mr. Neusom’s suspension serves as a disciplinary measure, it also emphasizes the judiciary’s commitment to maintaining integrity within the legal profession.

The case serves as a reminder of the paramount importance of integrity and professionalism in legal practice. The court’s decision reflects its dedication to preserving the integrity of the legal system and safeguarding the interests of litigants and the public.