A West Allis debt collection lawyer facing criminal charges for misappropriating more than $780,000 from clients is suspended from practicing law in Wisconsin.
Randy Wynn, of Wynn Law Office, has cooperated with investigators and showed how he misappropriated money from dozens of clients, according to filings in the case being prosecuted by the Office of Lawyer Regulation.
The attorney, who was admitted to the State Bar in 1979, filed a voluntary revocation petition June 19 and, according to OLR filings, indicated that he is “unable to defend against misconduct allegations.”
The OLR recommended that the Wisconsin Supreme Court grant Wynn’s revocation petition. State justices opted to hold off on revocation for now, however, when they suspended Wynn’s license Aug. 9. The justices said they first want to determine how to handle Wynn’s restitution to clients.
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley dissented and said the court should “promptly revoke” Wynn’s law license while holding “open the issue of restitution of a subsequent final determination.”
Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson did not participate.
Contacted Thursday, Wynn said there was little to add to what is said in the OLR case filings. However, he stressed that he is fully cooperating.
“I’m not practicing law. I’m not a threat to society,” Wynn said. “I turned myself in. I’m cooperating with the [OLR]. I’m cooperating with the [Milwaukee County] District Attorney’s office.”
The OLR’s recommendation to the state Supreme Court noted that Milwaukee County prosecutors are still reviewing the case, though a criminal complaint will “likely not be filed for months.”
It also stated that Wynn is seeking help for “his gambling addiction and personal issues.”