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Minn. attorney facing additional suspension time

An Osseo, Minn., attorney is facing discipline for allegedly practicing law while his license was suspended.

Joseph Capistrant’s law license was first suspended in June 2010 because he did not keep up with his continuing legal education, according to an Oct. 31 complaint filed by the Office of Lawyer Regulation. During that time, though, he continued to represent clients and bring in new business, according to the complaint.

The OLR also alleges that Capistrant also mishandled cases during this time as well, and lists several cases that were harmed by either his action or inaction.

For example, when representing Specialty Contracting Services – Madison LLC in a wage garnishment action, he did not have the lawsuit served, according to the complaint. Another lawsuit he brought while representing Superior Construction Services Inc., Madison, was thrown out because he failed to diligently prosecute the case.

And in another case, when representing Specialty Contracting, the judge dismissed the case after Capistrant did not respond to filings and found out his Wisconsin law license was suspended.

The complaint also states that in April 2011 Capistrant tried to have his law license reinstated but did not inform the Supreme Court of his work while his law license was suspended. His license is still suspended.

The OLR charged Capistrant with eight counts of misconduct and is asking the Supreme Court to suspend Capistrant’s law license for 90 days.

Capistrant graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007. He is also licensed to practice in that state.

He did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday.

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