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High court to release decisions in disciplinary cases against 2 attorneys

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to release decisions in the disciplinary cases of a Milwaukee attorney and an Appleton patent attorney.

The justices are expected to release decisions Wednesday in the cases of Christopher Meisel and Alan Stewart.

Stewart was charged last year with taking $12,400 in advanced fees to draft and file a patent application but allegedly failed to do any work and refused to issue a refund. The Office of Lawyer Regulation is asking the high court to impose a nine-month suspension of Stewart’s license and order that he pay $12,400 in restitution. Court appointed referee William Eich issued a report agreeing with the OLR.

The OLR charged Meisel in 2015 with 15 counts of misconduct involving misappropriating thousands of dollars tied to an estate and two guardianships. The OLR had originally asked the justices to suspend his license for three years. The agency later bumped its request to two years after an evidentiary hearing, which a referee in the case agreed with, but Meisel has been pushing for a suspension of less than six months plus reinstatement requirements.

In oral arguments in January, Meisel argued that he presented sufficient evidence to a referee showing that brain cancer, which he was diagnosed with in October 2006, caused him to engage in the misconduct he was charged with.

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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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