Atty's Scanty Records Preclude Client Repayment, Court Says

Law360, New York (March 23, 2017, 4:23 PM EDT) -- Despite concluding that a Madison lawyer must have misused tens of thousands of dollars of his clients’ money, the Wisconsin high court on Thursday accepted a consensual revocation of the attorney’s bar license and agreed not to order him to repay clients.

The court said it was “disturbed” that Adam Walsh's inability or refusal to provide full records of his trust accounts compelled the decision not to order client restitution payments. And evidence of misconduct presented by state disciplinary investigators showed Walsh “treated his client trust account as if it were a community fund at his constant disposal,” even if the...

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