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Professional Responsibility — revocation

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//May 23, 2012//

Professional Responsibility — revocation

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//May 23, 2012//

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Wisconsin Supreme Court

Civil

Professional Responsibility — revocation

Where attorney T. Christopher Kelly engaged in 51 counts of misconduct, including lack of diligence, failure to communicate with clients and failing to return advance fees collected from clients, revocation is appropriate.

“The facts detailed in the complaint demonstrate a clear pattern of neglect by Attorney Kelly of his clients’ needs and objectives and of disregard for his obligations as an attorney in this state. Moreover, even though on most representations Attorney Kelly did little or no work, he repeatedly refused to refund any portion of the thousands of dollars he had obtained from the clients or their relatives. In a number of the matters, Attorney Kelly also refused to return the file to the client or to forward it to the client’s new attorney. Attorney Kelly repeatedly refused to respond to the grievances filed by his clients or to the OLR’s requests for information. Finally, Attorney Kelly’s misconduct was not an isolated or temporary occurrence. It occurred in 12 separate representations and in some situations lasted for several years. We therefore conclude that the severe sanction of the revocation of his license to practice law in Wisconsin must be imposed to protect the public from a repetition of this misconduct and to deter other attorneys from engaging in similar misconduct.”

2011AP1654-D OLR v. Kelly

Per Curiam.

Attorneys: For Complainant: Basting, Thomas J., Madison; Weigel, William J., Madison; For Respondent: Kelly, T. Christopher, Madison

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