Court suspends Duluth head shop owner's attorney for financial mismanagement
ST. PAUL - The attorney for Duluth head shop owner Jim Carlson must serve a 30-day suspension due to mismanagement of financial records, the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered Wednesday.
Randall Tigue, who has his law office in Golden Valley, will begin serving the suspension March 24. “It’s going to disrupt things, but not too much,” Tigue said. “It’ll be an annoyance, but not something I can’t overcome.”
The Supreme Court opinion says Tigue “failed to maintain trust account books and records, failed to retain trust account bank records for the required period of time, and negligently misappropriated client funds.”
The suspension could interfere with the sentencing for Carlson, who was convicted in October of 51 federal crimes related to the sale of synthetic drugs at his Duluth shop, Last Place on Earth. Tigue said a probation officer recently notified him that Carlson’s presentence investigation should be complete by March 31, so a sentencing date probably will be set soon thereafter.
But Tigue, 65, said he has another attorney in his office who can handle his caseload for a month, and four other defense attorneys are representing Carlson’s girlfriend and son in the case.