The Minnesota Supreme Court suspended two attorneys and reprimanded another this week.
John B. Arnold of Zumbrota was suspended with no right to petition for reinstatement for one year. According to the order filed by the court, Arnold “unconditionally” admitted the allegations that he forged his clients’ signatures on a settlement agreement.
In a related matter in District Court, Arnold pleaded guilty to aggravated forgery and identity theft. That court stayed adjudication on the forgery charge and convicted him of identity theft. He received probation.
Arnold must complete the terms of his criminal probation and complete the professional responsibility portion of the bar exam before he can petition for reinstatement.
Roland James Theiler of St. Paul also was suspended after the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility was unable to find him to serve him with a petition for disciplinary action. Within one year of Friday’s order, Theiler may move to vacate the suspension order and move for leave to answer the petition. If he does not do so within a year, the allegations in the petition will be deemed admitted by Theiler.
The Supreme Court also publicly reprimanded Gilda Marlene Clark of Long Prairie. According to the discipline order, Clark has admitted the allegations against her, which include making false statements to a court in an expert witness affidavit and in an appellate brief and including a document that was not part of the record in the appendix of an appellate brief.
In the discipline order, the court noted that attorneys who make misrepresentations to the court have been suspended, but agreed with the director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility that a reprimand was appropriate in this case.
This post was edited to add information on Theiler.