A14-0703, In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Barbara Ann Nimis, a Minnesota Attorney,Registration No. 235428.
While on probation for a prior disciplinary offense, attorney Nimis committed professional misconduct warranting public
discipline, namely, failing to comply with timelines regarding disputed personal property set forth in a judgment and decree, providing inaccurate information to a client with respect to the status of a matter, failing to comply with court rules regarding the filing of motions, failing to appear at a hearing, failing to provide notice to her client and the court that she had withdrawn from representation of a client, failing to return a client file and cooperate with successor counsel after withdrawing from representation, and failing to cooperate in the disciplinary process, in violation of Minn. R. Prof. Conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.16(d), 3.4(c), 8.1(b), and 8.4(d), and Rule 25, Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility (RLPR).
As a result, the Minnesota Supreme Court suspended attorney Nimis indefinitely from the practice of law, with no right to petition for reinstatement for at least six months.
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