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Farmington Hills lawyer suspended

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Michael A. Reynolds, a Farmington Hills lawyer, has received a 30-day suspension from the practice of law in Michigan, the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board reported Wednesday. The suspension went into effect on Feb. 22, 2014.

Reynolds entered a plea of no contest to allegations that he failed to hold property of his clients or third persons separate from his own property, and deposited his own funds into a client trust account in excess of an amount reasonably necessary to pay financial institution charges or fees or to obtain a waiver of service charges or fees.

Reynolds and the Grievance Administrator filed a stipulation for a consent order of discipline, which the Attorney Grievance Commission approved and ADB Tri-County Hearing Panel #56 accepted. Contained within that stipulation was the parties’ acknowledgment that the Grievance Administrator had no evidence that Reynolds improperly used, converted or misappropriated client funds.

In accordance with the stipulation of the parties, the panel ordered Reynolds’ suspension from the practice of law in Michigan for 30 days, effective Feb. 22, 2014, and directed the he be subject to a condition relevant to the alleged misconduct and pay costs of $769.13.