What Does It Take to Get Revoked?

By Attorney Gregg Herman
March 18, 2015

In a decision today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended the license of Tina Dahle for 2 and 1/2 years.

While that is a lengthy suspension, she was found in violation of 55 counts of professional misconduct.  From the decision:

The allegations of misconduct at issue are varied and numerous.  Attorney Dahle failed to commence actions prior to the expiration of statutes of limitations, failed to appear in court on several cases, and missed filing deadlines for briefs, discovery, and witness disclosures.  She essentially abandoned her law practice and her clients in 2012 when she closed her office without notice.  Her clients were left with cases in a state of neglect with no way to contact their attorney.  In addition, she borrowed or took some $400,000 from clients without regard to conflict of interest restrictions and requirements. Attorney Dahle also repeatedly failed to respond to inquiries from the OLR, resulting in her temporary suspension from the practice of law.

So, here is my question:  What does it take for the Wisconsin SC to revoke an attorney’s license?

Attorney Gregg Herman is a founding partner of Loeb & Herman, LLC in Milwaukee, WI. He practices family law exclusively, and can be reached via e-mail or by calling (414) 272-5632.