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State Supreme Court won’t discipline Eau Claire lawyer

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday decided not to discipline an Eau Claire Lawyer who was accused of misconduct.

The Office of Lawyer Regulation had recommended that the court publicly reprimand Michael Rajek for six counts of misconduct and had asked that the justices require him to pay $18,760.87, the full costs of the disciplinary proceedings. According to the referee’s report, the OLR only succeeded in proving five counts of misconduct.

The court acknowledged that Rajek had violated the Rules of Professional Conduct in five instances, but that those violations were “relatively minor failures of communication,” according to the decision.

The justices also decided there was no basis for restitution, but ordered Rajek pay $8,500 in reduced court costs.

A phone call to Rajek was not immediately returned Friday.

He earned his degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 1974.

Rajek was publicly reprimanded in 2006, and the court also dismissed an OLR complaint against him in 1993. A separate OLR complaint against him stemming from a fee dispute was filed April 7. A hearing before a referee is set for Feb. 26.

About Erika Strebel,

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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