The Minnesota Supreme Court has disciplined three attorneys, suspending two lawyers and placing another on probation.
Willie Herman Davis, Jr. has been suspended from practicing law for at least 120 days and will have to comply with various other conditions before he can be reinstated. This is not Davis’ first discipline by the Supreme Court. Davis was suspended in 2007 after being convicted of felony driving while impaired. That suspension was stayed until he received a second felony DWI conviction, after which he served a portion of the original suspension and an additional suspension period. He was conditionally reinstated in 2011. He currently is accused of not fulfilling the conditions of his original suspension, making false statements to a court and failing to pay a law-related judgment.
Nicholas Bradley Schutz also has been suspended. Schutz, a Duluth attorney, will be suspended for at least 90 days after admitting to several incidents of misconduct, including failing to properly maintain trust account books and records and failing to cooperate with the investigation into allegations made against him. Schutz will be required to submit to an audit of his trust account before he can be reinstated.
Craig William Andresen also is accused of failing to maintain trust account books and records, as well as failing to safeguard client funds. Andresen will receive a public reprimand and will be on probation for two years, during which he will be required to submit to reviews of his trust account records