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Local attorney reprimanded

November 1, 2012
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - A Fairmont attorney has received a public reprimand from the Minnesota Supreme Court, after allegedly disclosing confidential information and failing to correct the disclosure.

According to the petition filed against Matthew T. Nielsen:?the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility stated Nielsen was representing the company Central States Wire Products of St. Paul in 2009 in a case regarding termination of an employee.

A confidential e-mail between Nielsen and the company was disclosed with an affidavit filed in court. Opposing counsel noted the confidential e-mail and Nielsen was given an opportunity to withdraw it but failed to do so. The petition alleges that the e-mail was then used against Central States Wire in the case.

Other points in the petition claim that Nielsen failed to communicate with Central States Wire in a timely fashion in regard to court decisions in the case. The petition also alleges that reports regarding the case status given by Nielsen to Central States Wire were false, and when Nielsen withdrew from representing the company in April 2010, he failed to provide the company with the complete case files in a timely fashion.

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down a public reprimand for Nielsen, two years of supervised probation and a fine of $900. As part of the supervised probation, Nielsen must by supervised by an appointed licensed Minnesota attorney, and ensure that his office is communicating with clients in a timely fashion.

When reached for comment Wednesday, Nielsen said he intends to follow through with everything that was ordered, but declined to discuss the incident any further.



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