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Ex-lawyer-turned-landscaper to learn if he’ll practice law again

A former-Elm Grove-lawyer-turned-landscaper will soon learn if his license will be reinstated. The Wisconsin Supreme Court plans to issue an opinion in two Office of Lawyer Regulation cases against James Schoenecker on Friday.

Schoenecker has had his license suspended twice for a total of five years. He lost his license for three years starting in 2011 after he was found guilty of stealing money from his former fiancée, submitting false documents in his own bankruptcy and setting up his own law firm without telling the firm that was employing him.

The court suspended his license again in 2016 for a year because he defrauded more than $150,000 from a West Allis company he had opened with friends. In 2018, the court denied his petition to reinstate his license but allowed him to try again. He had another reinstatement hearing in June 2019.

Schoenecker had been working as a landscaper during his suspension to earn a living. He’s a Columbia Law School graduate who previously worked for Clair Law Offices in Delavan.


About Michaela Paukner, mpaukner@wislawjournal.com

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at mpaukner@wislawjournal.com.

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