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2011AP48-D OLR v. Schoenecker

Professional Responsibility

Where attorney James M. Schoenecker committed bankruptcy fraud, identity theft, and forgery, among a host of other dishonest actions, a three year suspension is appropriate.

“After reviewing the matter, we approve the stipulation and adopt the stipulated facts and legal conclusions of professional misconduct. Although the cases cited by the OLR are not precisely on point because of factual differences, we agree that a three-year suspension of Attorney Schoenecker’s license to practice law in Wisconsin is an appropriate level of discipline in this case in light of his serious misconduct. Attorney Schoenecker engaged in a disturbing series of illegal and dishonest actions, which were designed to benefit him financially to the injury of his client, his law firm employer, and his creditors. As we noted at the beginning of this opinion, before he will be allowed to practice law again in this state, Attorney Schoenecker will need to demonstrate that, among other things, he has a proper understanding of and attitude toward the standards that are imposed upon members of the bar in this state and that he will act in conformity with those standards. See SCR 22.29(4)(f). We do not impose restitution, as the OLR did not make any such request. Finally, because Attorney Schoenecker entered into a comprehensive stipulation under SCR 22.12, thereby obviating the need for the appointment of a referee and a full disciplinary proceeding, we do not impose costs in this matter.”

2011AP48-D OLR v. Schoenecker

Per Curiam.

Attorneys: For Complainant: Krohn, Robert G., Edgerton; Weigel, William J., Madison; For Respondent: Schoenecker, James M., pro se

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