Byline: Derek Hawkins
WI Supreme Court
Case Name: Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Donald J. Harman
Case No.: 2019 WI 108
Focus: Attorney Disciplinary Hearing
Attorney Donald J. Harman has appealed a report and recommendation filed by Referee Allan E. Beatty, concluding that Attorney Harman committed three counts of professional misconduct and recommending that his license to practice law in Wisconsin be suspended for six months. Rather than challenging the referee's findings of fact or conclusions of law, Attorney Harman argues on appeal that the referee should have recused himself. Attorney Harman did not request a substitution of the referee pursuant to SCR 22.13(4). When he subsequently raised the issue of the referee's participation, he refused to participate in a scheduled telephone conference at which the recusal issue would have been addressed. Based on these facts, we find that Attorney Harman waived his objection to the referee's participation in this matter.
Upon careful review of this matter, we uphold the referee's findings of fact and conclusions of law, and we agree that a six-month suspension of Attorney Harman's Wisconsin...