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High court sends Plymouth attorney’s disciplinary case back to referee

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is sending a Plymouth attorney’s disciplinary case back to a referee. The Office of Lawyer Regulation last year charged Daniel Rostollan with 21 counts of misconduct involving three clients. The Office of Lawyer Regulation alleged that Rostollan had failed to hold money in his trust account and appeared in bankruptcy court twice even though his license ...

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Referee: Oshkosh attorney should pay more than $12K

A referee has agreed that a personal-injury attorney from Oshkosh should pay the majority of the nearly $17,000 spent on his disciplinary proceedings. The OLR filed charges in 2015 against George Curtis, alleging seven counts of misconduct. Some of the allegations stemmed from his conviction in 2014 for failing to pay taxes for two years and others from his management ...

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Suspended lawyer pleads not guilty to embezzlement, forgery

A suspended Waukesha County lawyer accused of embezzlement and forgery appeared for the second time in court on Monday. The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office charged Matthew MacLean, of Hartland, in October with one count of embezzlement of more than $10,000 and one count of forgery. Both are felonies. The charges arise from the years MacLean was general counsel and ...

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 Ex-Milwaukee personal-injury lawyer to make case for reinstatement

An ex-Milwaukee lawyer who spent time in jail after embezzling money from his law firm will be presenting evidence at a coming hearing as he argues that his license to practice law should be reinstated. The Wisconsin Supreme Court revoked Brian Mularski’s license in 2010 over 13 counts of misconduct involving three client matters. According to the allegations, Mularski had ...

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Report: High court disciplines fewer lawyers

Fewer lawyers were disciplined in the state's most recent fiscal year and grievances were less common than in the year before, even as the allegations that state regulators were most likely to hear about continued to involve attorneys practicing family and criminal law.

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Court slaps Racine attorney with 6-month license suspension

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has suspended the license of a Racine attorney for six months – tripling the discipline a referee had recommended. Tuesday’s discipline stems from a complaint filed last year alleging that Robert Baratki had committed nine counts of misconduct, some of which stemmed from his representation of two clients who had hired him to represent them in ...

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OLR to host trust account training Oct. 6

The Office of Lawyer Regulation is holding a seminar on trust-account in October. The seminar take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Symposium Room at the Comfort Inn, 4822 E. Washington Ave., Madison. It will cost $50. The deadline for registration is Monday. The seminar counts as four hours of continuing legal education or ethics ...

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Walworth County attorney admits to misconduct

A Walworth County attorney is admitting to improperly benefiting from a will she had drafted and agreeing that her license should be suspended. The Office of Lawyer Regulation charged Linda Gray in June with improperly benefiting from a will she had drafted. The OLR alleged that Gray, who practices in East Troy, had drafted and executed a will for a ...

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Retired Kenosha County DA appeals license suspension, costs recommendation

A recently retired Kenosha County DA is appealing a referee’s recommendation that includes a minimum year-long license suspension. The Office of Lawyer Regulation filed a complaint last year charging Robert Zapf, who then had just retired from his position as Kenosha County DA, with three counts of misconduct stemming from two related homicide cases he had prosecuted. The OLR alleges ...

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Justices suspend gun-toting Portage attorney’s license

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday adopted a referee’s recommendation to suspend the license of a Portage attorney who pointed a gun at a man and punched him. The Office of Lawyer Regulation charged Steven Sarbacker with five counts of misconduct last year, alleging that Sarbacker had broken attorney-ethics rules for being charged with three criminal misdemeanor counts for punching ...

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High court to decide Madison attorney’s appeal of 120-day suspension

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled in October to decide whether to adopt a referee’s recommendation that a Madison attorney’s license be suspended for 120 days. The referee’s report stems from an OLR complaint filed in 2015 charging Steven Cohen with four counts of misconduct. One of the counts stems from a criminal conviction from 2014 for smuggling a toothbrush ...

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