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2010AP1543-D OLR v. Woods

Professional Responsibility

Where attorney Terrence J. Woods neglected client matters, failed to communicate with clients, and has a long history of misconduct, a six-month suspension is appropriate.

“We determine the seriousness of Attorney Woods’ misconduct, together with his extensive disciplinary history, warrants a six-month license suspension, effective the date of this order. Because Attorney Woods’ extensive disciplinary history is an aggravating factor, we conclude he is not entitled to any leniency. We generally do not favor a retroactive suspension, see Boyd, 318 Wis. 2d 281, and do not impose a retroactive suspension here. In light of Attorney Woods’ extensive disciplinary history, a retroactive suspension would not serve the objectives of lawyer discipline, which include the important goal of deterrence. See Woods, 311 Wis. 2d 213, ¶22. We are satisfied no compelling circumstances justify a retroactive suspension.”

2010AP1543-D OLR v. Woods

Per Curiam.

Attorneys: For Appellant: Weigel, William J., Madison; For Respondent: Woods, Terrence J., Oconto Falls

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