STATE OF MINNESOTA

IN SUPREME COURT

C4-97-155

In Re Petition for Disciplinary Action against
Richard W. Johnson, 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 Richard W. Johnson has committed unprofessional conduct, namely numerous trust and business account violations including commingling of funds, misappropriation of client funds most of which have been repaid, and failure to maintain required books and records for the accounts; and

WHEREAS, respondent has waived his right to answer the petition and admits the allegations, has waived his rights pursuant to Rule 14, Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility, and has entered into a stipulation with the Director in which they jointly recommend disbarment as appropriate discipline, together with payment of $900 in costs and compliance with Rules 26 and 27, including removing himself as a signatory on all client trust accounts; and

WHEREAS, this court has independently reviewed the record and agrees with the jointly recommended disposition of this matter,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Richard W. Johnson is disbarred and is ordered to pay the Director $900 in costs.

Dated: June 20, 1997

BY THE COURT:

Alan C. Page
Associate Justice