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Attorney publicly reprimanded for drunken driving, 11 traffic tickets

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded an attorney for racking up 11 traffic tickets and violating his probation for a drunken driving arrest in Minnesota, thus violating the conditions of his admission to practice law in both states.

Jordan Gall graduated in 2010 from Hamline University School of Law and was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 2011. His Wisconsin license had been suspended for failure to pay dues, failure to report completion of continuing education requirements and for not submitting an annual trust account certification. Gall, according to disciplinary proceedings in Minnesota, practices in Plymouth, Minn. However, the office address listed with the Wisconsin State Bar and Office of Lawyer Regulation is in Minneapolis.

Gall has not been professionally disciplined in Wisconsin or Minnesota. He could not immediately be reached Thursday.

Thursday’s discipline stems from an OLR complaint filed in August 2013 requesting that the court publicly reprimand Gall as reciprocal discipline to sanctions imposed by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

That state’s Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Gall in May 2013 and put him on a two-year disciplinary probation that requires him to abstain from alcohol, submit to random drug screening four times a month and report any citations, charges or arrests within 72 hours.

According to the OLR complaint, Gall violated probation on a drunken driving conviction and failed to tell the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners of the violation. He also was cited for 11 traffic violations from June 2011 to September 2012. The violations included two citations for failing to obey a traffic sign, three speeding citations, one citation for illegal or improper passing, and driving with a suspended license three times.

However, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in its decision Thursday, declined to grant the state Board of Bar Examiners’ request for Gall to show cause as to why his license should not be suspended for violating the terms of his conditional admission in Wisconsin. The court also denied the BBE’s request that the filings related to the conditional admission be sealed.

According to the justices, the discipline the Minnesota Supreme Court imposed on Gall doesn’t warrant further action from the Wisconsin court.

However, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, concurring in part and dissenting in part, disagreed with the majority’s decision to deny the Board of Bar Examiners’ request for Gall to show cause for why his license should not be suspended.

Justice Shirley Abrahamson joined Bradley’s concurrence in part and dissent in part.


About Erika Strebel, [email protected]

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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