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Lawyer suspended for lying about dead client

Posted by: Jane Friedmann under Whistleblower Updated: April 20, 2010 - 6:06 PM

Thomas Lyons Jr. was barred from working as an attorney for at least one year after the Minnesota Supreme Court recently determined he tried to fool other lawyers into believing a dead client was still alive while negotiating a settlement of the case.

Oddly enough, the Vadnais Heights lawyer was hired by the man after a credit reporting agency mistakenly claimed he was dead. The man actually died a month after the suit was filed.

After the credit agency agreed to settle the case for $19,000, the man’s wife signed the papers, prompting the company to ask if her husband was dead. Lyons responded, “Yes – HOW IRONIC.”

Since 1998, Lyons has been disciplined seven other times. He can seek reinstatement in one year.

Read the full decision here.

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