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Brainerd attorney suspended by Minnesota Supreme Court

A Brainerd attorney has been suspended from practicing law for 60 days by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

A petition filed June 9 by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility in St. Paul with the supreme court accused Kristian Lee Oyen of professional misconduct by having sex with a client, failing to handle three client matters, failing to communicate with two clients and delaying the return of a client's files after being fired as representation.

Oyen, according to the supreme court's decision filed Tuesday, admitted to the allegations and agreed to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility's recommended penalty of 60 days suspension followed by two years of supervised probation. After an independent review the court approved the disposition.

Oyen could not be reached for comment Wednesday at listed phone numbers in Brainerd and Minneapolis. The phone number for his Brainerd law office has been disconnected.

When reinstated Oyen must comply with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility's efforts to monitor probation compliance; be supervised by a licensed Minnesota attorney to monitor compliance with the term of his probation, including one meeting in person with the supervisor per quarter and a monthly inventory of all active client files; and have office procedures that ensure prompt responses to all communications from clients, the courts and others with an interest in this matter.

Oyen also must successfully complete the professional responsibility portion of the state bar examination within a year and pay $900 in court costs.