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Brainerd attorney disbarred

The Minnesota Supreme Court Wednesday disbarred attorney Lawrence Walter Ulanowski of Brainerd.

In the court's decision it stated disbarment was the appropriate sanction for his misconduct in light of his "misappropriation of client funds, the fact that he committed new misconduct while he was suspended, his lengthy disciplinary history, and his refusal to participate in the disciplinary process."

Ulanowski, whose Brainerd office has been closed for some time, could not be reached for comment.

The discipline was imposed after the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action against the lawyer.

The court further ordered that Ulanowski comply with a rule requiring notice of disbarment to clients, opposing counsel and tribunals and that he pay $900 in costs.

Since April of 2008 Ulanowski has been admonished four times for professional misconduct, court documents stated.

The Supreme Court, in its order, stated Ulanowski committed several acts of professional misconduct.

“The most serious misconduct was his refusal to return unearned funds to ... (clients), which the director (of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility) characterizes as ‘tantamount to misappropriation,’” the court order stated.

In May of 2012, Martin Cole, director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, said his office had multiple addresses for Ulanowski but was not sure of his current location. Cole said at that time Ulanowski had not cooperated with the investigation.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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