On Tuesday, April 30, 2024, the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission issued a notice of reprimand and restitution against Attorney Patrick M. O’Connell.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Patrick M. O’Connell,” with case no. 23-20-GA.

The charges cited Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1(c), 1.3, 1.4(a), 8.4(b), and Michigan Court Rules 9.104(1)-(3). 

According to the notice, O’Connell neglected a legal matter regarding a client’s driver’s license restoration case. He failed to act with reasonable diligence and did not keep his client informed about the status of the matter or promptly respond to requests for information. The hearing panel also found that O’Connell’s conduct involved dishonesty, fraud, or misrepresentation.

The reprimand stemmed from a consent order agreed upon by O’Connell and the Grievance Administrator. Ingham County Hearing Panel #5 reviewed the matter based on admissions by O’Connell and the parties’ amended stipulation. The panel determined O’Connell violated various conduct rules for lawyers regarding competence, diligence, communication, and dishonest conduct.

As a result of the consent order, O’Connell was publicly reprimanded. He was also ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution to his former client.

According to avvo.com, Mr. O’Connell is a criminal defense attorney in Coldwater, Michigan. He acquired his law license in Michigan in 1989. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.