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Local lawyer with dead client gets noticed by 'Benchmarks' blog

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity, but that proposition is really being put to the test in the case of Thomas Lyons Jr.

Lyons, a Vadnais Heights attorney, was suspended indefinitely from the practice of law for settling a lawsuit without informing the other side of the inconvenient fact that the client whom he was representing had died. Ironically enough, the  client had retained Lyons to represent him in a suit against a credit agency for erroneously listing the client as dead. The client took ill and, by the time the case was in its final stages, so was he. He died a couple of weeks before the “i”s could be dotted and the “t”s crossed. Lyons went ahead and settled the case for $19K anyway. (Click here for Minnesota Lawyer’s story in the April 12 edition, password required.)

Benchmarks — a national legal blog run by our sister publication, Lawyers USA — has now picked up the death-defying tale in a piece entitled “Weekend at Bernie’s: Lawyer hides client’s death.”

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