Wisconsin Supreme Court
Professional Responsibility — suspension
Where attorney Bridget E. Boyle engaged in 11 counts of misconduct, including failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, failing to communicate appropriately with a client, failing to promptly respond to a client’s request for information concerning fees and expenses, and failing to cooperate with OLR, a 60-day suspension is appropriate.
“The misconduct at issue here was serious, and Attorney Boyle offers no legitimate excuse for her failure to diligently represent her clients and her failure to provide them with information about their cases, fees, and expenses in spite of their numerous requests that she do so. Nor does she offer a legitimate excuse for her failure to fully and honestly cooperate with the OLR’s investigation into her conduct. Given the length of time over which the misconduct occurred and the number of instances of misconduct involved, Attorney Boyle’s excuses for her behavior ring hollow. The fact that, as the referee noted, Attorney Boyle expresses little remorse for her misconduct suggests that Attorney Boyle may not appreciate the seriousness of her misconduct. A period of suspension is necessary in this case to impress upon Attorney Boyle the seriousness of her professional misconduct and to protect the public from similar misconduct in the future.”
Attorneys: For Appellant: Boyle, Bridget E., Milwaukee; Smith, Jonathan C., Milwaukee; For Respondent: Krohn, Robert G., Edgerton; Weigel, William J., Madison