Bulletin staff report

The Oregon Supreme Court is suspending La Pine attorney Samuel A. Ramirez for one year after he repeatedly mishandled a Klamath Falls property transaction.

Ramirez’s client contacted the Oregon State Bar in November 2013, and the bar filed a formal complaint in January 2015, according to the state Supreme Court’s decision.

A trial panel in December 2016 accused Ramirez of failing to provide competent representation, neglecting a legal matter, representing a client when that involved a personal conflict of interest and improperly settling a potential malpractice claim with an unrepresented party.

The Oregon State Bar then charged Ramirez with violating several state professional conduct rules, leading to the state Supreme Court to order a one-year suspension.

Ramirez was originally admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1991. His primary practice areas have been criminal defense and family law, according to the state Supreme Court.