On Thursday, August 17, 2023, the North Dakota Supreme Court ordered the suspension of attorney Kristin A. Overboe for a period of six months and one day. The suspension comes after Overboe failed to respond to a December 19, 2022 summons and petition for discipline from the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kristin A. Overboe,” with case no. 2023 ND 160.

The charges cited North Dakota Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.16, and 3.4.

The charges against Overboe relate to her representation of a client in a divorce case beginning in January 2021. According to the Supreme Court’s order, Overboe failed to properly communicate with her client throughout the case. She also failed to properly serve discovery answers to the opposing party, leading to evidentiary prohibitions at trial. Overboe was unprepared for trial, negatively impacting her client’s case, and was critiqued by the trial judge. After the trial, she failed to provide her client with a copy of the decision.

In June 2022, Overboe notified her client she would withdraw as counsel and not file an appeal. However, on July 22, 2022 and without client consent, Overboe filed a notice of appeal. After the unauthorized appeal, the client terminated Overboe but Overboe failed to return the client’s case documents despite requests.

The Supreme Court ruled that Overboe’s conduct violated rules of professional conduct related to competence, communication, declining representation, and fairness to opposing counsel. Overboe’s law license was previously interim suspended pending the disposition of this disciplinary matter.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS ORDERED that the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations by the hearing panel are accepted. IT IS ORDERED that Kristin A. Overboe is SUSPENDED from the practice of law for six months and one day, effective immediately.”

According to ndcourts.gov, Ms. Overboe runs her own law firm – Overboe Law. She attended the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. She acquired her law license in North Dakota in 2010.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.