Saturday, April 08, 2017

Attorney Agrees To Turn In His Law License After Bar Regulators Bag Him For Keeping Crappy Trust Account Records, Depositing His Own Money To Apparently Make Up For Missing Client Funds

In Madison, Wisconsin, The Associated Press reports:
  • A Madison-area attorney has agreed to give up his law license after failing to keep records of his client trust account and possibly using client money over a period of several years.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court revoked Adam Walsh's license on Thursday [March 23]. Walsh most recently ran Affordable Legal Services in Madison.

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation noted that Walsh couldn't provide complete records of the trust account but several thousand dollars appeared to be missing in at least two instances.

    Walsh admitted he'd deposited his own money into the account at times, apparently to make up for missing funds. According to the opinion, none of Walsh's clients have asserted he still owes them money.(1)

    Walsh didn't contest the accusations. He began practicing law in 2008.
Source: Wisconsin Lawyer Loses License Over Misuse of Client Funds.
(1) The Wisconsin Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, created by the state Supreme Court in 1981, is designed to provide reimbursement to clients who have incurred financial losses due to the dishonest conduct of their attorneys.

For similar "attorney ripoff reimbursement funds" that attempt to clean up the financial mess created by the dishonest conduct of lawyers licensed in other states and Canada, see:
Maps available courtesy of The National Client Protection Organization, Inc.

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