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Court suspends Minnesota attorney’s Wisconsin license

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has suspended an attorney for misconduct in his home state.

Thursday’s misconduct stems from Adam Gillette’s 60-day suspension in Minnesota, where the high court suspended his license for 60 days in October of last year.

Among other things, he was accused of mendaciously telling a client that a settlement had been reached in a particular case even though Gillette had done no work on it and the statute of limitations eventually expired. The court also called for Gillette to be supervised by a licensed Minnesota attorney for two years.

The Office of Lawyer Regulation filed a complaint against Gillette after he had failed to report the discipline, and asked the high court to impose reciprocal punishment.

The Wisconsin high court on Thursday suspended Gillette’s license for 60 days and ordered him to follow the terms of his Minnesota suspension, including that he be supervised for two years by a licensed Minnesota after the suspension ends.

Justice Shirley Abrahamson concurred in part and dissented in part with Thursday’s per curiam decision. Abrahamson wrote that she concurred with the majority in regards to the 60-day suspension, which had been part of a stipulation. At the same time, she objected to the court’s ordering compliance with the additional terms of the Minnesota discipline.

She noted that Gillette had reached a stipulation with the OLR that agreed to a 60-day suspension. By ordering something more than that, she said, the court was being inconsistent with previous decisions it had reached in cases with similar facts.

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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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