Friday, May 29, 2020

Peter And Paul

An attorney who stipulated to 30 counts of alleged misconduct had his license revoked by the Wisconsin Supreme Court

The referee said that the evidence revealed that over at least a six-year period, Attorney Menard converted over $1,000,000 in client funds. The referee said additionally, between December 2012 and September 2016, Attorney Menard deposited as many as 175 checks made out to clients, to his trust account, or to third parties, all of which should have gone into the trust account, into his business accounts and these out-of-trust deposits at two different banks totaled over $4,000,000.

The court rejected arguments for a lesser sanction

Turning to the appropriate sanction, upon careful review of the matter, we agree with the referee that revocation of Attorney Menard's license is appropriate. Although no two disciplinary cases are identical, we agree with the referee's assessment that this case is very similar to Weigel. Here, as in Weigel, monies belonging to one client were routinely used to pay off other clients as well as firm and personal expenses. As in Weigel, in virtually every client matter he handled, Attorney Menard "robbed Peter to pay Paul."

(Mike Frisch)

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