Attorney faces censure for buying client's property


HELENA, Mont. - A Kalispell attorney faces censure for buying the properties of two clients that he filed liens against for failure to pay attorney's fees.

David G. Tennant must appear before the Montana Supreme Court on April 18 for a public censure over his debt collection practices.

The court also ordered him to return to a former client the title to one of two residential lots that he purchased at a sheriff's sale along and any money from the sale of the other lot that exceeds the $34,000 default judgment.

The other clients were able to redeem their property.

In the future, Tennant must provide clients with copies of any attorney's liens filed against them by him or his firm. He also must notify the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of any liens he files in the next three years.