On Friday, January 12, 2024, a petition was filed by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility before the Minnesota Supreme Court seeking reciprocal discipline for Florida-based attorney Brooks R. Siegel.

The case is entitled “In the Matters of Brooks R. Siegel.”

According to the petition, Siegel was publicly disciplined in Arizona on January 27, 2023, for violations of several ethics rules in his representation of a client. Specifically, Siegel was found to have failed to competently and diligently handle the case and failed to properly supervise staff, who engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in Arizona. Siegel’s conduct violated Arizona ethics rules regarding competence, diligence, client communication, supervision of subordinate attorneys and staff, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

Siegel and the Director then filed a stipulation agreeing that reciprocal discipline is appropriate. They are jointly recommending the court publicly reprimand Siegel and order him to pay $900 in costs. The stipulation notes that while Siegel received a prior public reprimand in another reciprocal discipline matter in 2021, the agreed-upon discipline aligns with what was imposed in Arizona where the misconduct occurred.

Siegel was admitted to practice law in Minnesota in April 2016 but is currently based in Florida. The Director is now seeking reciprocal discipline in Minnesota based on the discipline imposed in Arizona.

The petition states:

“WHEREFORE, the Director respectfully prays for an order of this Court directing that respondent and the Director inform the Court within thirty days of its order whether either or both believe the imposition of identical discipline by the Minnesota Supreme Court would be unwarranted and the reasons for that claim.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Siegel is a consumer protection attorney in North Miami Beach, Florida. He attended the Arizona Summit Law School.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.