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In re Mattos: ETHICS - reprimand, supervised probation 2 years for neglect, non-candor

STATE OF MINNESOTA
IN SUPREME COURT
A06-1931
In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against
Patricia G. Mattos, a Minnesota Attorney,
Registration No. 143698.
O R D E R
The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has filed a
petition for disciplinary action alleging that respondent Patricia G. Mattos committed
professional misconduct warranting public discipline, namely, neglect of two client
matters, lack of candor toward a tribunal in one of those matters, and failure to
communicate with the client in the other matter, in violation of Minn. R. Prof. Conduct
1.3 and 3.3.
Respondent has unconditionally admitted the allegations of the petition and with
the Director recommends that the appropriate discipline is a public reprimand and two
years of supervised probation.
This court has independently reviewed the file and approves the jointly
recommended disposition.
Based upon all the files, records, and proceedings herein,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that respondent Patricia G. Mattos is publicly
reprimanded and placed on supervised probation for a period of two years from the date
of entry of this order, subject to the following conditions:
2
(a) Respondent shall cooperate fully with the Directors Office in its
efforts to monitor compliance with this probation and shall promptly
respond to the Directors correspondence by its due date. Respondent shall
cooperate with the Directors investigation of any allegations of
unprofessional conduct that may come to the Directors attention. Upon the
Directors request, respondent shall provide authorization for release of
information and documentation to verify compliance with the terms of this
probation.
(b) Respondent shall abide by the Minnesota Rules of Professional
Conduct.
(c) Respondent shall be supervised by a licensed Minnesota attorney,
appointed by the Director to monitor compliance with the terms of this
probation. Respondent shall provide to the Director the names of four
attorneys who have agreed to be nominated as respondents supervisor. If,
after diligent effort, respondent is unable to locate a supervisor acceptable
to the Director, the Director will seek to appoint a supervisor. Until a
supervisor has signed a consent to supervise, respondent shall on the first
day of each month provide the Director with an inventory of active client
files described in paragraph (d) below. Respondent shall make active client
files available to the Director upon request.
(d) Respondent shall cooperate fully with the supervisor in his or her
efforts to monitor compliance with this probation. Respondent shall
contact the supervisor and schedule a minimum of one in-person meeting
per calendar quarter. Respondent shall submit to the supervisor an
inventory of all active client files by the first day of each month during
probation. With respect to each active file, the inventory shall disclose the
client name, type of representation, date opened, most recent activity, next
anticipated action, and anticipated closing date. Respondents supervisor
shall file written reports with the Director at least quarterly, or at such more
frequent intervals as may reasonably be requested by the Director.
(e) Respondent shall initiate and maintain office procedures that ensure
that there are prompt responses to correspondence, telephone calls, and
other important communications from clients, courts and other persons
interested in matters that respondent is handling, and that will ensure that
respondent regularly reviews each and every file and completes legal
matters on a timely basis.
3
Respondent shall pay 0 in costs pursuant to Rule 24(a), Rules on Lawyers
Professional Responsibility.
Dated: October 10, 2007
BY THE COURT:
/s/
Russell A. Anderson
Chief Justice
 

 
 
 

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