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Wisconsin court extends suspension of Minnesota attorney’s license

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has extended the suspension of a Minnesota attorney’s license to practice law in Wisconsin.

Tuesday’s discipline stems from an Oct. 31 Office of Lawyer Regulation complaint alleging that Joseph Capistrant’s license was suspended in June 2010 because he did not report completing continuing legal education requirements and continued representing clients, according to the complaint.

The OLR also alleges that he mishandled several cases. According to the complaint, several clients were harmed by either his inaction or action in their cases.

The complaint also states that Capistrant, who practices in Osseo, Minn., tried in 2011 to have his law license reinstated but did not tell the Wisconsin Supreme Court about the work he did while his license was suspended. Capistrant’s license remains suspended.

Capistrant did not submit an answer or appeal to the complaint, and the Supreme Court granted the OLR default judgment. He also did not appear at the hearing on the motion for default judgement.

The court granted the OLR’s request to extend Capistrant’s suspension for 90 days. The court also ordered him to pay $574.94, the full cost of the disciplinary proceeding.

Capistrant graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1987. He is also licensed to practice in that state. He has been licensed to practice in Wisconsin since 2007.

Capistrant could not be reached Tuesday at the phone number listed with the OLR and State Bar of Wisconsin.

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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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