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Duluth attorney admits to professional misconduct
PHOTO: Brian C. Fischer, pictured in this telephone book ad, admitted to a variety of accusations including that he used misleading advertising and law firm signage and letterhead.
Duluth attorney Brian C. Fischer has been placed on supervised probation for two years by order of the Minnesota Supreme Court on a complaint filed by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.
The office alleged Fischer committed professional misconduct by failing to supervise a suspended attorney, Louis Stockman, and assisting Stockman in the unauthorized practice of law during Stockman's suspension. Further, according to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Fischer:
• used misleading advertising and law firm signage and letterhead
• engaged in neglect and non-communication with two clients
• failed to comply with a court order
• failed to return client files
• failed to expedite litigation
• did not cooperate in a disciplinary investigation
Fischer had until recently been associated with Stockman's law office in Duluth. Stockman was suspended in March 2012 for misconduct related to mishandling client funds. Acting on a subsequent complaint filed by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, Stockman in February was suspended indefinitely, with a six-month minimum, for failing to properly supervise another attorney in his law firm, engaging in the unauthorized practice of law while previously suspended and contracting for legal advertising in several publications during his prior suspension. In August, he was eligible to apply for reinstatement but so far has not done so.
Fischer unconditionally admitted the allegations made by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, the Minnesota Supreme Court said in its Sept. 6 decision. Fischer also said he is no longer associated with Stockman.
As a condition of the probation, Fischer agreed to cooperate with any investigation into misconduct allegations and to submit names of attorneys who could act as his supervisor. He was ordered to pay $900 in costs related to the matter.
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