On March 30, 2010, the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility petitioned our court to impose discipline on Minnesota lawyer Lawrence Walter Ulanowski. The Director alleged Ulanowski, a lawyer admitted to the Minnesota bar in December 2001, committed numerous violations of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. We appointed a referee to make findings of fact and conclusions of law, and to recommend appropriate discipline.
After conducting an evidentiary hearing, the referee concluded that Ulanowski violated several Rules of Professional Conduct during his representation in five client matters, his personal marriage dissolution, and the Director’s investigation. We will address the facts of these matters in turn.
Ulanowski was an acquaintance, friend, and lawyer for K.H. and E.H., a married couple. When K.H. and E.H. began marriage dissolution proceedings, Ulanowski initially represented E.H., the husband but was later disqualified from representation. Ulanowski subsequently sued K.H. pro se to compel her to sign a deed—a signature that Ulanowski unsuccessfully sought to obtain while he represented E.H. The verified complaint in this action stated that Ulanowski was “acting on behalf of all property owners involved” with the property at issue. This statement was false, because K.H. and her parents were owners of the property at issue, and they did not authorize Ulanowski to sue K.H. on their behalf. The referee concluded that when Ulanowski filed the complaint he knew his statement was false.
Judge(s): Per Curiam
Jurisdiction: Minnesota Supreme Court
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|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|Timothy Burke||Office of the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility|
|Martin Cole||Office of the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|