On August 14, 2023, the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action against attorney John P. Horst for unprofessional conduct in handling multiple cases involving estate matters.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of John P. Horst,”

The case, involving multiple counts of neglect, poor communication, and a failure to cooperate with authorities, raised serious concerns about Horst’s adherence to ethical standards. The allegations against Horst stemmed from various client representations, with complainants citing issues ranging from delayed responses to a complete lack of communication. In one case, a client terminated their representation and sought a refund, emphasizing the lawyer’s inability to address their legal matters effectively.

Furthermore, Horst was accused of failing to cooperate with the Director’s investigations into the multiple complaints filed against him. The Director’s office made numerous attempts to communicate with Horst, seeking essential information regarding the cases in question. However, the attorney allegedly failed to respond, prompting concerns about his willingness to engage with disciplinary authorities.

The proceedings shed light on the crucial importance of upholding professional standards within the legal community. The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility emphasized the necessity of accountability, stating, “We need to see that you are participating in this process because it will not just go away.”

In light of the alleged misconduct outlined in the petition concerning Horst, the Director urged the court to issue an order imposing appropriate disciplinary measures.

The request states:

“WHEREFORE, the Director respectfully prays for an order of this Court imposing appropriate discipline, awarding costs and disbursements pursuant to the Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility, and for such other, further or different relief as may be just and proper.”

Mr. Horst attended the Regent University School of Law, graduating in 2016. He practices in Edina, Minnesota. He is licensed in Minnesota with license no. 0398391. His info can be found on martindale.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.