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Attorney discipline: Supreme Court orders in December

Leslie J. Aldrich had been previously reprimanded by the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of the State of North Dakota. She had been reprimanded for trying to serve discovery after the deadline, as well as making untimely and procedurally inappropriate motions. Aldrich is now publicly reprimanded in Minnesota.

Gregory R. Anderson has been disbarred. Anderson committed a felony within the practice of law, assisting a bankruptcy client in concealing assets.

Kevin T. Duffy was conditionally reinstated to the practice of law. Duffy had been suspended on Sept. 7, 2022. He will be placed on probation for two years.

Gary A. Gittus has been transferred to disability inactive status. Gittus has a disability that prevents him from representing clients or aiding in his own defense in a disciplinary proceeding. That proceeding has been stayed, but will be lifted if Gittus seeks reinstatement.

Staci L. Kelley was indefinitely suspended. A partner in her law firm, Kelley allegedly did not have adequate measures governing conduct of other lawyers and failed herself in her professional conduct with clients, the court, and the director of the OLPR.

Daniel B. McGuire was publicly reprimanded, following affixing a client’s electronic signature to two sworn declarations that the client had not authorized or reviewed. He was reprimanded for making false statements to the court, and will pay $900 in costs.

Patrick C. Nwaneri has been conditionally reinstated to the practice of law. He was previously suspended on Aug. 24, 2022. Nwaneri will be placed on probation for two years.

Jesse R. Powell has been disbarred. Powell committed four felony offenses while practicing law, including fourth-degree criminal sexual assault.

Joseph D. Roach was publicly reprimanded, following charging his client a higher hourly rate than the two parties had agreed to and then attempting to get payment by withholding client files. He will have two years of supervised probation.

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