On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility took a significant step by filing a petition with the State of Minnesota Supreme Court. The petition seeks to transfer attorney Jeffry G. Olson to disability inactive status, raising concerns about Olson’s ability to continue practicing law.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jeffry G. Olson,”
Attorney Olson reached a stipulation with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, for an immediate transfer to disability inactive status. This stipulation was based on Olson’s assertion of a disability in an ongoing disciplinary proceeding, which rendered him currently incompetent to represent clients or engage in his defense beyond agreeing to this stipulation. As part of the agreement, Olson accepted that the stipulation, when filed, would become a public record. He acknowledged his disability, which prevented him from participating in his defense and competently representing clients at that time, while still maintaining the ability to enter into this stipulation.
Furthermore, Olson voluntarily waived certain rights provided by Rule 28(c) of the Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility (RLPR). Both parties jointly recommended an immediate transfer to disability inactive status.
In addition, they proposed that the ongoing disciplinary proceedings against Olson be put on hold until his potential reinstatement. They suggested that the reinstatement hearing not be waived. Furthermore, it was agreed that Olson must comply with Rule 26, RLPR. As part of the reinstatement process, he would be obligated to address all previously suspended disciplinary proceedings and any new complaints that might arise. This stipulation was entered into freely and voluntarily by Olson, without any form of coercion or duress. Both parties received copies of this agreement, and Olson was advised by his counsel regarding this stipulation and the proceedings in general. The stipulation was executed by the parties on the dates indicated.
Consequently, the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has filed a petition seeking the transfer of attorney Olson to disability status.
The petition states:
“WHEREFORE, the Director respectfully prays for an order of this Court immediately transferring respondent to disability inactive status, or for such other, further or different relief as may be just and proper.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Olson is an estate planning attorney in Woodbury, Minnesota. He acquired his law license in Minnesota in 1994.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.