A14-1553, In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Kristi Dannette McNeilly, a Minnesota Attorney,Registration No. 341265.
The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action alleging that respondent Kristi Dannette McNeilly committed professional misconduct, namely, engaging in a conflict of interest; after terminating representation, failing to communicate important dates to a client, failing to promptly return client files, and making misrepresentations to a District Ethics Committee investigator; bringing a lawsuit based, in part, on an ethics complaint filed with the Director; and engaging in a pattern of misconduct in mortgage modification matters by failing to act diligently, failing to adequately communicate with clients, failing to promptly return client files, attempting to charge for copying client files without the appropriate written agreement, and making misrepresentations, in violation of Minn. R. Prof. Conduct 1.3, 1.4, l.7(a)(2), l.l6(d) and (f), 3.1, 8.1(a), and 8.4(c) and (d), and Rule 21, Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility (RLPR).
Respondent attorney raised mental health issues as a mitigating factor, but agreed to a public reprimand and supervised probation for three years. Accordingly, the Minnesota Supreme Court imposed that discipline, and required the respondent to undergo a complete psychological evaluation and initiate or continue treatment for her mental illness.
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