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West Allis attorney faces public reprimand for efforts to see son

A West Allis attorney faces a public reprimand for alleged misconduct she committed in attempting to see her disabled son.

Margaret Bach, who resides in West Allis, graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2010. She has been licensed to practice law in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin State Bar and Office of Lawyer Regulation, her license is in good standing, and she has not been previously reprimanded.

An OLR complaint filed Sept. 25 involves Bach’s attempts to visit and contact her disabled son, Aaron, 27, who has a rare brain tumor that causes seizures and violent behavior. Bach was Aaron’s guardian for two years, until in 2009, when the courts appointed a new guardian, then ARC of Greater Milwaukee, now known as Life Navigators.

Reached Tuesday, Bach said Aaron was taken from her home without proper notice in 2012 because Milwaukee County no longer wanted to pay for the two caregivers Aaron needed. She has since tried to get him back — or at least visit him.

But in doing so, the OLR alleges Bach violated three court orders since she got her law license and filed lawsuits in the state and federal courts that were frivolous and without merit. The intent of these lawsuits, according to the OLR, was to harass the defendants.

The OLR is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to publicly reprimand Bach.

Bach said Tuesday that she intends to fight the charges in the complaint and that she feels it is a “huge injustice” that shows the corruption of the state’s judiciary.

“I’m fighting it,” she said. “I don’t know if I have a chance. The injustice is just so insane.”

Bach said she likely will represent herself in the disciplinary proceedings because she cannot afford an attorney. While she has held a few sales jobs, Bach has not found employment in the legal field. She said she is less likely to find a legal job now that the OLR has filed a complaint against her.

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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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