On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review Board of Immigration Appeals approved the Petition for Reinstatement of attorney Patrick Chinedu Nwaneri to practice law before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, and DHS

The case is entitled “In the matter of Patrick Chinedu” with case no. D2022-0171.

On August 24, 2022, the Office of Appellate Courts, the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota ruled on the petition for disciplinary action against respondent Patrick Chinedu Nwaneri, for violating the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. It suspended Mr. Patrick from the practice of law for 90 days for the following violations:

The filing states:

“The Director of the Office of Lawyers ProfessionalResponsibility (Director) filed a petition for disciplinary action against respondent Patrick Chinedu Nwaneri, alleging that Nwaneri had violated the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct by (1)submitting a faulty biometrics application for his client and failing to follow up in any way despite the known importance of biometric information to immigration proceedings, (2)failing to prepare for his client’s removal hearing or to be ready to proceed on his client’s claims for relief from removal, (3)effectively abandoning his client during the removal hearing, and(4)filing a complaint on a separate matter in the United States District Court on the morning of the removal hearing erroneously expecting to get a continuance on the removal matter, despite previous explicit instructions from the immigration court to the contrary.”

On October 6, 2022, the Disciplinary Counsel for the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Disciplinary Counsel for DHS jointly petitioned for immediate suspension of Mr. Patrick before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, and the DHS which the Board granted.

The filing continues:

“ORDER: The petition is granted, and the respondent is hereby suspended from the practice of law before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, and DHS, pending the final disposition of this proceeding. 8 C.F.R. § 1003.103(a)(4).”

The respondent then filed a Petition for Reinstatement. He submitted evidence showing that he has now been readmitted to practice law in Minnesota.  He further stated that he is eligible to practice law. The Disciplinary Counsel for the Executive Office for Immigration Review does not oppose the Petition of Mr. Patrick. Considering all of this, the Board decided to grant the Petition of Reinstatement.

The Disposition states:

“ORDER: The respondent is reinstated to practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, and DHS, as of the date of this order.”

Mr. Nwaneri is listed on the website of the Nwaneri Law Firm as a practicing attorney. He attended the College of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota, graduating in 2002. He practices in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is licensed in Minnesota with license #0322003. His info can be found online at nwaneri.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.