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In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Robert M. Light: ETHICS - attorney suspension

In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against
Robert M. Light, a Minnesota Attorney,
Registration No. 214978.
The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has filed a
petition for disciplinary action seeking reciprocal discipline under Rule 12(d), Rules on
Lawyers Professional Responsibility (RLPR), based on an order of the North Dakota
Supreme Court temporarily suspending respondent from the practice of law on
allegations that respondent failed to communicate with clients, failed to perform services,
arrived late and unprepared for a jury trial, and received a settlement of a personal injury
matter by check made out to respondent and his client, unbeknownst to the client, and
based on respondents subsequent guilty plea to a felony charge of terrorizing and a
misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed firearm, in violation of Minn. R. Prof.
Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.15, and 8.4(b). The Director alleges that the facts of the petition
demonstrate that continuation of respondents authority to practice law poses a
substantial threat of serious harm to the public within the meaning of Rule 16(a), RLPR,
and warrants respondents temporary suspension from the practice of law.
The Director and respondent have entered into a stipulation under which
respondent, without admitting the allegations of the petition, waives the right to contest
the temporary suspension and agrees to the immediate issuance of an order for temporary
suspension pending the completion of these disciplinary proceedings.
This court has independently reviewed the file and approves the parties
Based upon all the files, records, and proceedings herein,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, effective as of the date of entry of this order,
respondent Robert M. Light is temporarily suspended from the practice of law pending
final determination of these disciplinary proceedings, pursuant to Rule 16(a), RLPR.
Respondent shall fully comply with Rule 26, RLPR (requiring notice of suspension to
clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals).
Dated: November 30, 2007
Helen M. Meyer
Associate Justice


  What day were you injured?

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  What caused your injuries?
Traffic/Bicycle Accident
Work-Related Injury
Wrongful Death
Dog Bite
Slip and Fall

  How have your injuries affected

  your life?


  What kinds of medical care
  professionals have you seen?


  What has your treatment cost?


  Is Insurance Involved?
My insurance may cover

Someone else's insurance
        may cover this.

I already filed a claim.
I rejected a settlement

I accepted a settlement

  Were there any witnesses?
Bystanders Witnessed This.
Police Responded and Filed
        a Police Report

Police Responded but Did
        Not File a Police Report



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