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Wisconsin courts suspend Minnesota lawyer’s license in second reciprocal punishment

Wisconsin courts slapped a Minnesota lawyer who has an already lengthy disciplinary history with a second reciprocal punishment on Tuesday. Tracy Eichhorn-Hicks’ Wisconsin license suspension resulted from his violation of attorney-ethics rules in Minnesota.

Minnesota courts indefinitely suspended Eichhorn-Hicks’ license in July for violating three ethics rules. The Office of Lawyer Regulation filed a complaint in December charging Eichhorn-Hicks with two counts of misconduct, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended Eichhorn-Hicks’ license for 120 days starting on Tuesday. After the suspension, Eichhorn-Hicks will also have to comply with the conditions and probation set by Minnesota’s high court in order to have his license reinstated in Wisconsin.

The court document said Eichhorn-Hicks’ administrative suspensions were for failing to pay mandatory bar dues, failing to complete trust account certification and failing to comply with CLE reporting requirements. Those suspensions, which started in October 2018, will remain in effect until he completes each requirement.

The Wisconsin justices had previously suspended Eichhorn-Hicks’ license in April 2012 in response to discipline from the Minnesota courts. Eichhorn-Hicks never reported the Minnesota disciplinary action in Wisconsin, as required by law, and Wisconsin courts ordered a year-long suspension of his license in April 2012.

Eichhorn-Hicks, who earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, was first licensed in Wisconsin in 1984 and in Minnesota in 1975.

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