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Perham attorney petitioned for alleged unprofessional conduct

A petition for disciplinary action seeking the suspension of Bruce Anthony Kunz, an attorney practicing in Perham, was filed on March 17 in the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Martin A. Cole, the director of the state Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, filed the petition.

According to a press release, the petition was filed after Kunz waived a probable cause hearing before a panel of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.

Two counts of alleged unprofessional conduct by Kunz were listed in the petition, including conflicts of interest related to business transactions with clients, and a lack of candor in bankruptcy.

A message left with Kunz’s law office requesting comment was not returned by press time Tuesday.

The petition states Kunz was previously disciplined in June 2008 for incidents including but not limited to: commingling personal and client funds in a trust account, failing to maintain account books and records, failing to respond to discovery requests, and other actions.

Kunz has 20 days to answer the allegations.

The Minnesota Supreme Court will make the final decision on the appropriate discipline, if any, to be imposed. Final action could include dismissal of the petition, or discipline ranging from reprimand to disbarment, according to the release.

Kunz was admitted to practice law in Minnesota in May of 1992.