Breaking News

Personal Injury Lawyer Suspended for Stabbing Man in Bar
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)


Summary: A Minneapolis attorney stabbed a man at a bar in 2014, and now he has been officially suspended from practicing law.

A personal injury lawyer was suspended Wednesday for injuring a guy at a bar. Michael J. Riehm will not be able to practice for five years because he stabbed a man in the rib cage in downtown Minneapolis in 2014.


In 2014, Riehm was drunk while celebrating New Year’s Day at Manny’s Living Room and Prohibition Bar at the W Minneapolis Hotel. Daniel Kerkinni, 31, approached the lawyer and made a flirtatious joke about Riehm’s wife, which caused Riehm and Kerkinni to get into a shoving match. Sometime later, Reihm reapproached Kerkinni and stabbed him with a steak knife. Riehm punctured and deflated his lung.

Riehm, 42, was convicted of first-degree felony assault and was given probation for seven years for the stabbing of Kerkinni. In a civil suit, a jury awarded Kerkinni $200,000 in damages to cover his medical expenses, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.

Kerkinni had also unsuccessfully sued Manny’s Steakhouse and the hotel, but the judge found them not liable.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

The Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility said that Riehm’s “misconduct warrants an indefinite suspension with no rights to petition for reinstatement.”

Additionally, Riehm was punished for “an improper referral and fee-sharing arrangement” that he had with another personal injury firm. Reihm received over 100 referrals from an attorney at a rival firm, took on 23 of those cases, and from there paid the other attorney $11,000.

The Star Tribune wrote in 2012 that local personal injury firm TSR Injury Law learned of Riehm’s alleged kickback scheme with attorneys in its office and filed a lawsuit against him for malpractice. TSR claimed that Riehm paid its associates tens of thousands for referrals.

Do you think a suspension was enough of a punishment? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Star Tribune

Photo courtesy of Youtube


Interesting Legal Sites You May Like




Search Now

Business Litigation Attorney

USA-CA-Santa Monica

Santa Monica office of our client seeks business litigation attorney with 1-3 years of experience. T...

Apply Now

Intellectual Property Litigation / Enforcement Associate Attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks intellectual property litigation / enforcement associate at...

Apply Now

Corporate Attorney

USA-CA-Menlo Park

Menlo Park office of sophisticated boutique firm is seeking a corporate attorney with experience in ...

Apply Now

Mid-level Computer Science Patent Attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks mid-level patent attorney with 3-5 years of intellectual pr...

Apply Now


Corporate / Commercial Attorney | Lebanon, NH


Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC seeks an experienced corporate / commercial attorney to join its Lebanon o...

Apply now

Executive Assistant / Office Administrator


If you have administrative support experience in the legal industry, or even paralegal expertise,...

Apply now

Associate - Mid-Level - GL Group


Defense firm seeking mid-level associate for Westchester office to fill General Liability position. ...

Apply now

Litigation paralegal


We are looking to immediately hire a responsible, highly organized, self-motivated litigation parale...

Apply now


To Top