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“There are no unique and compelling circumstances here that could justify reducing the recommended and presumptive sanction from disbarment to a lesser sanction,” the board wrote in its ruling, which it made several months before Ms. McGee spoke before the Florida bar.

“In addition to intentionally misappropriating third-party funds, respondent also violated a number of other ethics rules and gave false testimony during the hearing,” the board concluded.

Ms. McGee said her current situation gives her a better understanding of the experiences of professionals facing disbarment or suspension proceedings.

“As it relates to someone who is in a position in terms of giving advice to other practitioners, I tell them to watch what you’re doing and be careful. You never know. If you don’t know something, don’t try to take it upon yourself. And if there are other issues going on, then definitely seek guidance.”