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In re Disciplinary Action against Obasi

Supreme Court of Minnesota

November 28, 2016

In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Christopher Ozioma Obasi, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0296223.

          ORDER

          David R. Stras Associate Justice

         The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has filed a petition for disciplinary action alleging that respondent Christopher Ozioma Obasi committed professional misconduct warranting public discipline-namely, practicing law after being placed on restricted status for failing to meet continuing legal education requirements. See Minn. R. Prof. Conduct 3.4(c), 5.5(a).

         Respondent waives his procedural rights under Rule 14, Rules on Lawyer Professional Responsibility (RLPR), and unconditionally admits the allegations in the petition. The parties jointly recommend that the appropriate discipline is a 30-day extension of respondent's current suspension and 2 years of supervised probation.

         The court has independently reviewed the file and approves the recommended disposition.

         Based upon all the files, records, and proceedings herein, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

         1. Respondent Christopher Ozioma Obasi is suspended from the practice of law for a minimum of 30 days, effective from the date of this order.

          2. Respondent shall comply with Rule 26, RLPR (requiring notice of suspension to clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals).

         3. Respondent shall pay $900 in costs pursuant to Rule 24, RLPR.

         4. Respondent shall be eligible for reinstatement to the practice of law following the expiration of the suspension period provided that, not less than 15 days before the end of the suspension period, respondent files with the Clerk of the Appellate Courts and serves upon the Director an affidavit establishing that he is current in continuing legal education requirements, has complied with Rules 24 and 26, RLPR, and has complied with any other conditions for reinstatement imposed by the court.

         5. On or before August 30, 2016, respondent shall file with the Clerk of the Appellate Courts and serve upon the Director proof of successful completion of the written examination required for admission to the practice of law by the State Board of Law Examiners on the subject of professional responsibility. Failure to timely file the required documentation shall result in automatic re-suspension, as provided in Rule 18(e)(3), RLPR.

         6. Upon reinstatement to the practice of law, respondent shall be subject to probation for 2 years, subject to the following conditions:

         (a) Respondent shall pay or make a payment plan to pay the sanctions entered against him in Osuorah v. Midland Funding, LLC. Payment shall be complete by the end of the period of probation.

         (b) Respondent shall cooperate fully with the Director's Office in its efforts to monitor compliance with this probation. Respondent shall promptly respond to the Director's correspondence by its due date. Respondent shall provide the Director with a current mailing address and shall immediately notify the Director of any change of address. Respondent shall cooperate with the Director's investigation of any allegations of unprofessional conduct that may come to the Director's attention. Upon the Director's request, respondent ...


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