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After 20 years, high court lets Milwaukee lawyer practice law again.

Byline: Erika Strebel,

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated the license of a Milwaukee attorney who was suspended about 20 years ago.

The high court in 1997 suspended Robert Malloy's license for a year for breaking more than a dozen lawyer-ethics rules. Five months after deciding to suspend Malloy's license, the court added another three months to the suspension.

Malloy, who earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1992, attempted to get his license reinstated in 2000, but the high court denied his request. He filed another reinstatement attempt in December.

The OLR did not object to Malloy's reinstatement, though it did recommend that Malloy, in order to be reinstated, must attend the OLR's yearly trust accounting seminar and submit his trust account and business records to the OLR each quarter on a quarterly basis for the next two years.

The court appointed retired judge Dennis Flynn to preside over the case. He held an evidentiary hearing in August and recommended in November that the justices reinstate Malloy with certain conditions, including those proposed by the OLR.

The justices on Tuesday adopted Flynn's findings, reinstating Malloy's license conditioned on his attending the trust account seminar and submitting the trust account and business records to the OLR for the next two years.

However, the justices held off on deciding whether Malloy should pay the full cost of the proceeding, saying they would decide the matter in a separate order. That amount is $6,362.17 as of Dec. 4. The justices have asked the OLR to submit an itemization of costs and fees.

Malloy plans on practicing tax law, finance, estate planning and probate.

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Publication:Wisconsin Law Journal
Date:Feb 27, 2019
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