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Firm Sued Over Forging of Judge’s Signature

Posted Apr 27, 2007 1:49 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A lawyer from a well-known Denver firm has been suspended and faces potential disciplinary action for admittedly forging a federal judge's signature on a document in order to remove a lien and help a client get a loan, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Funds from the loan were to be used to pay the law firm, but that never occurred, according to the article.

Meanwhile, the forged signature is also reportedly at issue in a lawsuit against the firm filed Tuesday in federal court in Colorado by the company that had won the lien against the law firm client in a previous court action.

Mark W. Fischer, who worked for Faegre & Benson before resigning earlier this month, admitted in an April 9 letter to a federal magistrate that on April 25, 2005 he "fabricated a false document which purported to be an order" signed by a federal judge, to get a lien removed and help a client obtain a loan, the newspaper reports. The client is also named as a defendant in this week's federal suit.

Fischer resigned April 9 from the firm--which first learned of the matter hours earlier, partner Dave Stark told the Rocky Mountain News. "What Mr. Fischer described in his letter is inconsistent with the way Faegre & Benson has practiced law for over 100 years," Stark said.

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