Disbarred From the Florida Bar
Steven Slootsky, a Florida personal injury attorney who plead guilty to 15 felonies has been disbarred. He was accused of participating in an insurance fraud scheme which involved sending car crash victims to clinics for treatment for fake injuries.
He was part of a group of attorneys and healthcare providers accused of what is known as ambulance chasing; several members from this group may face prison time as a result.
Early Life and Education
Steven Slootsky has been in practice for 39 years. Currently serving as President at Slootsky, Perez & Braxton (established 1991 and boasting 18 employees). Steven specializes in Personal Injury cases.
In October, he pled guilty to 10 counts of patient brokering and one of organized scheme to defraud in Broward County circuit court. Prosecutors accused him of accepting kickbacks from medical clinics in exchange for referrals to clients filing fake injuries with insurance claims.
Slootsky reached an agreement in which he will serve up to five years in prison and reimburse insurers $170,000, as well as surrender his law license and help prosecutors identify other individuals involved in the scam. The state Supreme Court granted an uncontested petition for disciplinary revocation (effectively disbarment), although Slootsky could seek reinstatement after 10 years.
Steven Slootsky is President of Slootsky, Perez & Braxton which was established in 1991 and employs approximately 18 individuals. Based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL and operating as part of the Law Firms & Legal Services industry, this Fort Lauderdale, FL based law firm began as soon as Nova Southeastern University offered legal studies back then – graduating with his law degree. Since 1985 he has been practicing as an attorney.
In September, five South Florida personal injury lawyers and several alleged accomplices were charged with felony offenses related to an illegal patient brokering scheme involving car accident victims who referred them for medical procedures that filed fraudulent motor vehicle tort and personal injury protection claims.
Slootsky avoided prison by pleading guilty to 15 felonies in this case and agreeing to cooperate with investigators to identify others involved in his scheme. He surrendered his license to practice law but may apply for readmission in 10 years.
Steven Slootsky was arrested as one of six Palm Beach County personal injury attorneys involved in a massive insurance fraud scheme and avoided jail by pleading guilty to 15 felonies and agreeing to pay over $170,000 in restitution; in exchange, he relinquished his law license.
He and five other lawyers were charged with accepting kickbacks in exchange for referring car accident victims to clinics that filed fraudulent insurance claims for nonexistent injuries. After cooperating with investigators to build the case against others, Slootsky agreed to assist their efforts as they build it against him; in exchange, he must also pay almost $2,937 in prosecution costs; $5,000 towards sheriff’s office investigation fees; and $1,420 toward forensic services fees.
The Florida Supreme Court decided that he should be disbarred, yet could apply to reinstate his license after 10 years. This decision remains tentative until he files an appeal or request for rehearing is fulfilled.
Steven Slootsky was one of six Florida personal injury attorneys arrested last September as part of an extensive insurance fraud scheme. He and his colleagues were accused of paying tow truck drivers and auto repair shops for leads, then conspiring with two medical practices – Margate Physicians and Broward Spine Associates – to submit fraudulent PIP claims on behalf of accident victims. Slootsky avoided imprisonment and loss of legal practice license by agreeing to a plea agreement in October that included up to five years probation, 500 hours community service, and $170,000 restitution. Additionally, almost $2,937 in fees to Office of Statewide Prosecution were due as well as covering prosecution costs; in 10 years time he can seek readmission to Florida Bar.