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After 20 years, high court lets Milwaukee lawyer practice law again

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated the license of a Milwaukee attorney who was suspended about 20 years ago.

The high court in 1997 suspended Robert Malloy’s license for a year for breaking more than a dozen lawyer-ethics rules. Five months after deciding to suspend Malloy’s license, the court added another three months to the suspension.

Malloy, who earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1992, attempted to get his license reinstated in 2000, but the high court denied his request. He filed another reinstatement attempt in December.

The OLR did not object to Malloy’s reinstatement, though it did recommend that Malloy, in order to be reinstated, attend the OLR’s yearly trust accounting seminar and submit his trust account and business records to the OLR each quarter for the next two years.

The court appointed the retired judge Dennis Flynn to preside over the case. He held an evidentiary hearing in August and recommended in November that the justices reinstate Malloy with certain conditions, including those proposed by the OLR.

The justices on Feb. 26 adopted Flynn’s findings, reinstating Malloy’s license conditioned on his attending the trust-account seminar and submitting the required trust account and business records to the OLR for the next two years.

However, the justices held off on deciding whether Malloy should pay the full cost of the proceeding, saying they would decide the matter in a separate order. The amount owed was $6,362.17 by Dec. 4. The justices have asked the OLR to submit an itemization of costs and fees.

Malloy plans on practicing tax, finance, estate-planning and probate law.

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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