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High court suspends Milwaukee lawyer’s license

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has suspended the license of a Milwaukee attorney for 60 days over misconduct in an age-discrimination case.

Wednesday’s discipline stems from an Office of Lawyer regulation complaint filed in September alleging that Patrick Callahan had committed five counts of misconduct, including, among other things, blowing the statute of limitations in a client’s claim to the state Department of Workforce Development and offering to settle the case with the client’s employer without telling the client. The OLR had asked the court to suspend Callahan’s license for 60 days.

In December, Callahan had reached a stipulation with the OLR, agreeing to the level of discipline requested in the complaint and not contesting any of the facts in it.

The high court on Wednesday adopted the OLR’s recommendation.

Callahan graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1998. His license is now suspended for failing to pay dues, to submit a trust-account certification and to complete continuing-legal-education requirements. Callahan’s license was also suspended in 2013 for not cooperating with the OLR while it was investigating a grievance related to the September complaint.

The high court also ordered Wednesday that the suspension for not cooperating for OLR be lifted, but that the other suspension remain until Callahan pays dues, submits a trust-account certification and completes continuing-legal-education requirements.

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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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