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Billings attorney Brian Kohn has been suspended indefinitely by the Montana Supreme Court.

The order came Tuesday in response to the third complaint against the attorney by the state’s attorney watchdog group, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Kohn will be suspended for an indefinite period of at least seven months beginning March 29.

In April 2017, the ODC filed its most recent complaint against Kohn, saying he’d “abandoned” a client amid a divorce case, failed to notify the client of his suspension for actions in another case, and failed to return unearned fees.

“His practice appears to be a ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ one,” the Commission on Practice wrote. The commission hears complaints filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and makes recommendations to the Supreme Court.

Kohn was ordered to pay his former client, William Beeman, the $850 he owed him plus interest and was instructed to notify all current clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel and any courts in which he has pending cases.

Kohn will also have to pay the cost of the disciplinary proceedings.

Kohn plans to end his legal career and start a new business venture with a legal database, he previously told The Billings Gazette. 


Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.