Legal Ethics

Lawyer once accused of Segway DWI now faces ethics complaint

A Minneapolis lawyer who successfully fought multiple Segway DWI charges is now facing an unrelated ethics complaint.

Mark Alan Greenman won a Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling in January that he can’t be charged with drunken driving because a Segway is not a motor vehicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He has since filed a civil rights suit against the city of Medina and its police department claiming he was arrested three times for alleged Segway DWI though police knew his actions weren’t illegal, according to a prior Star Tribune article.

The Star Tribune says Greenman is now facing an ethics complaint that alleges he failed to: correctly file court documents, to tell clients about necessary deadlines, and to pay court reporters the full amount they are owed. He is also accused of filing documents that contradict his clients’ testimony and refusing to retrieve a file for a client’s new lawyer.

Greenman had claimed possible asbestos contamination prevented him from retrieving the file, which was later found by Greenman’s former partner, the ethics complaint says.

The Star Tribune was unable to reach Greenman for comment.

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