After Valley News Live investigated allegations against Jesse Matson, Minnesota Supreme Court disbars attorney

Published: Jan. 18, 2017 at 1:52 PM CST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

An investigation that Valley News Live has been following for nearly two years closed a chapter today.

After a number of complaints brought to Valley News Live on our Whistleblower Hotline regarding attorney, Jesse Matson, the Minnesota Supreme Court disbars the attorney effective immediately.

The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility in St. Paul, Minnesota, filed a petition for disciplinary action against Matson.

The Minnesota Supreme Court says that Jesse Matson’s misconduct happened over the course of three years.

Seven Minnesota clients and three North Dakota clients stepped forward to complain to the Supreme Court.

Three of those clients, called us on our Whistleblower Hotline. We spoke with them because they said Matson scammed them out of thousands of dollars.

The State of Minnesota in Supreme Court document says, "Disbarment is the appropriate discipline for an attorney who misappropriated client funds, made false statements to clients, fabricated a document, neglected and abandoned numerous clients, failed to abide by court rules, filed a frivolous motion, failed to place client funds in trust, failed to return unearned fees, used improper fee agreements, failed to cooperate with the investigation of several disciplinary complaints, and was suspended by the North Dakota Supreme Court. Disbarred."

Matson also failed to cooperate in six disciplinary investigations.

On August 31st, 2015, the North Dakota Supreme Court suspended Matson for 6 months and 1 day.

Typically, North Dakota and Minnesota will react with reciprocal action.

And we're told that North Dakota will be going through the reciprocal discipline procedure.

As for Matson, his brief describes his struggles with his mental health, suffering from severe depression and PTSD. Claiming that caused him to lose the ability to function utterly and completely.

We tried reaching out to Matson on the news of his disbarment, but the numbers previously given were not in service anymore.

One of Matson's clients, Scott Heggestuen, says he is thankful for KVLY's help.

"If it wasn't for you guys, you're the only ones that took it serious when I called all these other places. Nobody would listen, but Valley News Live did," Heggestuen says.

A copy of the Court's decision is attached to this story.