On Wednesday, September 27, 2023, the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered a 30-day suspension for attorney Hunter C. Tonry. The suspension stems from disciplinary proceedings initiated by the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.
The suspension follows Tonry’s 30-day suspension by the Oregon Supreme Court on June 28, 2022, for the unauthorized practice of law, violating Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct 5.5(a) and Oregon Revised Statute 9.160(1) (2022).
Tonry waived his procedural rights under Minnesota Rule 12(d), Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility. He unconditionally admitted to the allegations in the Minnesota petition for disciplinary action. The parties jointly recommended a 30-day suspension to the Minnesota Supreme Court as an appropriate discipline.
As part of the Minnesota Supreme Court order, Tonry must comply with rule requirements for notifying clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his suspension. He must also pay $900 in costs and complete continuing legal education requirements. Additionally, Tonry must retake and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination within one year to avoid automatic suspension.
The Minnesota Supreme Court independently reviewed the case file before approving the recommended 30-day suspension for Tonry. The suspension is effective immediately as of the September 27, 2023 order date.
According to Lawyer.com, Mr. Tonry is an attorney in Portland, Oregon. He obtained his law license in Minnesota in 1995 and later acquired a license in Oregon in 2000.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.