STATE OF MINNESOTA

IN SUPREME COURT

C7-96-2195

In Re Petition for Disciplinary Action against
John W. Ploetz, an Attorney at Law of the
State of Minnesota.

O R D E R

WHEREAS, the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has filed a petition for disciplinary action alleging that respondent John W. Ploetz has committed unprofessional conduct warranting public discipline, namely misappropriating real estate sale proceeds he received as a closer in connection with a number of real estate closings; and

WHEREAS, respondent, represented by counsel, has waived his rights to have the allegations heard by a panel of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board pursuant to Rule 9, Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility; has waived his rights pursuant to Rule 14; has for the purposes of this proceeding, admitted the allegations of the petition; and has entered into a stipulation with the Director in which they jointly recommend that the appropriate discipline is disbarment from the practice of law pursuant to Rule 15; and

WHEREAS, this court has reviewed the record in this matter and agrees that the conduct admitted to by respondent warrants the jointly recommended discipline,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that respondent John W. Ploetz is disbarred from the practice of law and is directed to pay the Director $900 in costs pursuant to Rule 24.

Dated: December 20, 1996

BY THE COURT:

Alan C. Page
Associate Justice