- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on the professional misconduct charges against a Kalispell attorney (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

A Kalispell attorney is charged with professional misconduct after putting a lien on a client’s property for non-payment of fees, seeking foreclosure and anonymously buying the property for well below market value at a sheriff’s auction.

The Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel alleges David Tennant continued to represent his client in a divorce case even after filing the lien, creating a conflict of interest.

Tennant said Tuesday he ended his representation of his client after the divorce decree was final, and was not the man’s attorney while the foreclosure was occurring.

He says the foreclosed property is still for sale and if his former client wants it back, all he would have to do is arrange to pay what he owed.

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10:30 a.m.

A Kalispell attorney is charged with professional misconduct after putting a lien on a client’s property for non-payment of fees, seeking foreclosure and anonymously buying the property for well below market value at a sheriff’s auction.

The Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel alleges David Tennant continued to represent his client in a divorce case even after filing the lien, creating a conflict of interest.

Tennant did not respond to messages from The Associated Press on Tuesday seeking comment. He has 20 days after being served with the complaint to file a response.

The ODC said Tennant used inside information about his client’s financial circumstances to buy two residential lots for $34,000. The lots are listed for sale for $80,000 each. The ODC says if they sell, Tennant will have charged an excessive fee.

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