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High court reinstates former Foley attorney’s license

An attorney whose Michigan license was suspended indefinitely because of a medical condition can practice again in Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

The court on Wednesday reinstated Kristy Downing’s license to a regular inactive member of the State Bar, meaning she is not currently practicing law in Wisconsin.

Downing had petitioned the court to reinstate her license in June 2014. Her Wisconsin law license was suspended in January 2014 after the OLR discovered her Michigan license had been suspended in May 2013 after a judge found her medically incompetent to practice law.

She was subsequently barred from practicing in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Eastern Michigan and the 6th Circuit.  The OLR was not notified that her Michigan license had been suspended, according to court documents. Her license to practice law in Michigan was reinstated in January 2014.

Downing graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2003 and had been licensed to practice law in Michigan since 2004. She was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 2006.

Downing formerly was a patent attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP in Milwaukee, according to court documents.  She has no professional disciplinary history in Wisconsin, according to the OLR.

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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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