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Wisconsin Supreme Court sanctions attorney in default judgment

The Wisconsin Supreme Court entered a default judgment Tuesday against attorney Evan Read, the latest sanction against the Milwaukee lawyer since his license was temporarily suspended in 2010.

As part of Tuesday’s judgment, the court publicly reprimanded Read and ordered him to pay costs of the disciplinary proceeding.

The sanctions against Read stem from an OLR complaint alleging he did not communicate with a client for more than a year, did not respond to a client’s requests for information and did not cooperate with an OLR investigation, among other charges.

Read did not respond to that complaint, and OLR sought a default judgment. The court can declare an attorney in default when he or she has not responded to OLR’s complaint.

In 2010, Read’s law license was temporarily suspended for not cooperating with OLR.

The court on Tuesday lifted that 2010 suspension, but Read’s law license remains administratively suspended for not paying state bar dues and failing to complete required continuing legal education credits, according to the State Bar of Wisconsin.

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