Lysa Clifton outside the Pinellas County Jail in an August 18, 2018 photo. (Spectrum Bay News 9)
TAMPA, Fla. — Lysa Clifton, who made headlines in the Tampa area for being the first attorney representing accused Clearwater shooter Michael Drejka, has had her law license revoked, according to the Florida Bar.
The court's order of disciplinary revocation was issued on June 27, and went into effect today.
Clifton had a number of charges pending against her, including failure to perform services after being retained in one client matter and direct solicitation of a client in a high-profile criminal case.
In addition, she faced in separate cases criminal charges of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, and driving with a suspended license.
Clifton grabbed headlines when she wrote a Facebook post asking for local defense attorneys to step up and defend Drejka, who shot Markeis McGlockton in the parking lot of a Largo convenience store on July 19, 2018. The case itself made national headlines when Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri initially did not arrest Drejka, viewing the incident as a "stand your ground" shooting.
Not long after the Facebook post, Clifton emerged from the Pinellas County Jail saying she'd visited Drejka and he had retained her as his attorney. Soon after that, she was joined on the defense team by attorneys John Trevena and Brent Camareno, who said they had experience with high-profile cases and stand-your-ground cases, while Clifton did not.
By October 2018, however, a judge granted a motion filed by Drejka to have Clifton removed from the case.
The Florida Bar's disciplinary revocation of Clifton's law license does grant her leave to reapply for admission.
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