Disbarred Chicago attorney now suspended from practicing in Minnesota

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 9:02 PM

A Chicago attorney disbarred after conspiring to sell more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana was suspended by the Minnesota Supreme Court this week from practicing law in the state.

Robert A. Huff, who was disbarred in Illinois in November, has a year to respond to the disciplinary petition filed by Minnesota’s Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. They are also seeking to disbar him. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1998.

In 2005, Huff became dissatisfied with practicing law and studied environmental engineering. Two years later, he and another man started working together to buy large quantities of marijuana grown in California to be sold in Chicago, according to the disciplinary petition.

Huff was convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana in 2009 and sentenced to two years in prison.

In addition to being disbarred in Illinois, he was also suspended from practicing law in California for two years and Colorado for three years. He was also disbarred by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

When asked by a hearing board in Illinois if he wanted to practice again, Huff said it was more of a need than a want because he is about $200,000 in debt. He said it was a privilege to practice law.

DAVID CHANEN

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