Al3-0435, In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Tedman John Heim, a Minnesota Attorney,Registration No. 286047.
In this case, the attorney committed multiple acts of misconduct, namely, misappropriation of client funds, forgery of a client's signature on a settlement check, engaging in a pattern of false statements to his client and his law partner to conceal the misappropriation, submission of misleading documents to a court and opposing counsel, failure to deposit client funds into a trust account, failure to keep required trust account books and records,making unauthorized personal charges on his law firm's business credit card, and beingconvicted of a felony charge of check forgery/falsely endorsing a check, in violation of Minn. R. Prof. Conduct 1.4(a), 1.15(a), 1.15(c)(3), 1.15(c)(4), 1.15(h), 3.3(a), 4.1, 8.4(b), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d).
After a hearing, the referee recommended disbarment, and the parties stipulated (agreed) that disbarment was the appropriate discipline. Accordingly, the attorney was disbarred.
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