On Wednesday, January 24, 2024, the State of Minnesota Supreme Court received a Petition for Reinstatement from attorney Michael A. Essien.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Michael A. Essien.”

Essien had been indefinitely suspended from practicing law for a minimum of 18 months by an Order from the Supreme Court on July 15, 2021. According to the petition, Essien paid $900 in costs and disbursements that the court had assessed against him. He also submitted affidavits regarding his compliance with Rule 26, which specifies requirements for suspended attorneys. However, the Director of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board issued two private admonitions to Essien for failing to properly notify a client about his suspension status and providing late notice in another case.

The petition states that Essien is current with his mandatory continuing legal education. He also passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination in November 2022. Essien affirms in the petition that he has not practiced or attempted to practice law in any jurisdiction since his July 2021 suspension.

If reinstated, Essien would be allowed to practice law again in Minnesota, subject to any conditions imposed by the Supreme Court.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Essien is a patent application attorney in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He attended the William Mitchell College of Law, graduating in 2002. He acquired his law license in Minnesota in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.