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Madison attorney hit with second complaint

A Madison attorney faces two consecutive one-year suspensions of her license after the Office of Lawyer Regulation has filed a second complaint against her in two years.

The OLR alleges in a complaint filed Nov. 30 that Wendy Nora committed five counts of misconduct involving her representation of two clients in foreclosure proceedings in both state and federal court.

In the case of one client, whom Nora represented in Wood County and federal court, Nora removed a state foreclosure matter to federal court four years after litigation although there was no basis for that court’s jurisdiction, filed a frivolous appeal on both her and her client’s behalf, harassed other parties and judicial officers and delayed the proceedings, according to the OLR.

In the case of the other client, whom Nora represented in federal court, Nora filed frivolous motions even after the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin warned her that any further frivolous motions would result in sanctions, according to the complaint.

Nora, reached Wednesday, said she will fight the allegations.

“The Office of Lawyer Regulation is engaging in selective prosecution to silence me in my representation of homeowners who are being foreclosed on false pleadings based on forged documents supported by falsely sworn affidavits that OLR refuses to investigate,” said Nora.

The OLR is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to suspend her license to practice law in Wisconsin for one year, consecutive to whatever discipline she receives in the pending disciplinary proceeding, which is underway.

The proceeding involves Nora’s work in a mortgage case for which she was a defendant. The OLR alleges Nora continuously fought the claim by filing a discrimination lawsuit against Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas in federal court.

Nora said the case is in evidentiary hearing and she has moved to have the referee in the case recuse herself. According to court records, a referee’s decision is forthcoming.

Nora graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1975 and practices primarily in Madison. She has an office in Minneapolis.

In 1990, the Minnesota Supreme Court suspended her law license for pursuing a claim against a bank that one judge said surpassed “the imaginative into the depths of absurdity.” Her license was reinstated there in 2007. The Wisconsin Supreme court imposed reciprocal discipline on Nora in 1993, also suspending her Wisconsin license for 30 days.


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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