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OLR v. Douglas Katerinos, No. 2008AP1627-D

Wisconsin supreme court decision

Public reprimand for: “over-litigating” small claims case; taking position adverse to clients’ interest; pursuing frivolous argument; “making a baseless statement” about opposing counsel/party.

Seven-plus years ago, counsel assumed representation of two debtors trying to get out of a $491.36 bill for medical services. The dust from the ensuing litigation volcano settles today around an obligation that totals north of $20,000 — almost (but not all) from counsel’s pocket. No big lessons, more of a woeful than cautionary tale. That, and the idea that SCR 20:8.2(a) forbids a lawyer from making recklessly false statements about the integrity of a judge.

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