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Walworth County attorney’s license suspended in 7th disciplinary action

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has taken its seventh disciplinary action against a Walworth County attorney, suspending his law license for 60 days.

On Thursday, the high court announced a 60-day law license suspension for Patrick Hudec, a real estate attorney at Hudec Law Offices in East Troy.

Hudec pleaded no contest to four counts of professional misconduct related to his trust account and failing to respond to the Office of Lawyer Regulation’s investigation.

The high court cited Hudec’s “extensive” disciplinary history in the decision about his latest punishment. Hudec lost his license for 60 days in 2019 and has been publicly reprimanded twice and privately reprimanded three times for misconduct.

“We share the referee’s concern about Attorney Hudec’s troubling propensity for delay and lack of cooperation in disciplinary matters and warn Attorney Hudec that his failure to comply with the conditions imposed upon his continued practice of law may subject Attorney Hudec to immediate license suspension,” the state Supreme Court wrote.

Hudec’s suspension goes into effect on May 28. The high court also ordered him to attend an OLR trust-account seminar within a year and pay the full cost of the proceeding, which totaled $3,991.10 in January.

Hudec told the Wisconsin Law Journal that he wanted to emphasize that no client money was missing and that the case was a breach of protocol. He said he agreed to the suspension and wanted to put the case behind him.


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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