The Wisconsin Supreme Court is suspending the license of a Stevens Point attorney over 22 counts of misconduct.
Wednesday’s discipline stems from an Office of Lawyer Regulation complaint filed July 16 alleging misconduct involving several of Zachary Krogman’s clients from 2012 to 2014. The OLR alleged that in a number of divorce and adoption cases, Krogman failed to keep clients informed about their cases, failed to communicate with them and opposing counsel, failed to take action to further his clients’ cases and, in some cases, failed to file necessary documents. The OLR also alleged that Krogman had broken rules governing the use of trust accounts.
The OLR recommended that the Supreme Court suspend his license for four months and that reinstatement be conditional on Krogman’s participating in a drug-abuse and mental-health assessment, submitting to drug-abuse monitoring for two years, refraining from consuming drugs without a prescription while being monitored, and giving the OLR releases of confidentiality for each providers of drug treatment he has seen in the last five years.
The court agreed with the OLR’s recommendations in a per curiam decision released Wednesday and is suspending Krogman’s license starting January 22, 2016. Justice Shirley Abrahamson dissented, joined by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.
The four-month suspension of Krogman’s license, Abrahamson wrote in her dissent, is too light of a sanction. She noted the 22 counts of misconduct.
Krogman entered a stipulation in July agreeing to the OLR’s recommendation, so a referee was not appointed and there was no full disciplinary proceeding. Thus, the court did not on Wednesday order him to pay costs.
Krogman could not immediately be reached.
Krogman graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis and has been licensed to practice law in Wisconsin since 2011. He has had not been previously disciplined.