- Associated Press - Monday, June 13, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a disciplinary board’s finding to suspend a Minot attorney for violating rules of professional conduct.

The panel recommended that Michael Ward be suspended for two months and pay more than $8,000 for the expenses of the disciplinary hearing. Ward said in his appeal that there was not “clear and convincing evidence” he failed to represent his client in a proper manner.

The disciplinary hearing was about a bankruptcy case. Ward is accused of failing to forward letters to his clients from a trustee and cutting off contact with the trustee. Ward argued that his clients were difficult to deal with and did not heed his advice.

Attorney Ron McLean, who argued the Supreme Court case for Ward, declined to comment.

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