A Milwaukee criminal defense attorney lost her law license Friday following multiple pending and filed disciplinary cases.
Bridget Boyle-Saxton, of Boyle, Boyle & Boyle SC, told the court in February that she could not defend herself against 22 counts of misconduct the Office of Lawyer Regulation filed against her in four cases, as well as 14 pending cases that have yet to be filed.
The court’s per curiam decision, filed Friday, does not go into specifics about the allegations against her, but does have a long list of the charges against her, including failing to provide competent representation; failing to promptly respond to a client’s request for information concerning fees and expenses; failing to deposit advanced payments of fees and costs into a trust account; and knowingly disobeying an obligation under the rules of a tribunal.
The court agreed to revoke her license, effective immediately. The court also ordered Boyle-Saxton to pay $17,000 in restitution to three clients, as well as the costs of the proceeding, which totaled $13,272.42 as of February.
“It is clear from the descriptions of the various representations that Attorney Boyle has engaged in a widespread pattern of serious professional misconduct that has harmed her clients,” according to the decision. “It is also clear that Attorney Boyle is currently unwilling or unable to conform her conduct to the standards that are required to practice law in this state.”
Boyle graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1995.
In addition to many suspensions and reprimands over the years, Boyle-Saxton in 2012 was barred from practicing in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals after she abandoned a client and did not respond to a judge’s order to show cause. At that time, the OLR suspended her from practicing law for 60 days.
Boyle-Saxton has said much of the misconduct occurred while she was dealing with a debilitating medical condition, from which she has since recovered.
Her father, Gerald Boyle, is facing a 60-day suspension for alleged misconduct stemming from his representation of a client over counterfeit Beatles memorabilia. He has denied those allegations in court filings. Follow @eheisigWLJ