Lawyer loses license over physically assaulting, threatening ex-girlfriend.

Byline: Dan Shaw, dshaw@wljprod.wpengine.com

A former drunken-driving attorney is losing his law license after threatening to use former criminal defendants to cause harm to an ex-girlfriend, physically assaulting her, making hundreds of unwanted phone calls to her and threatening to send harmful information to her employer, among other things.

In deciding to revoke Matthew R. Meyer's law license, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to accept an Office of Lawyer Regulation referee's recommendation that his license instead be suspended for two years. The court chose revocation, which it deemed the most severe sanction it can impose, after finding that Meyer had an exhibited a clear pattern of "using his position as an attorney to intimidate and threaten" his ex-girlfriend.

Meyer's behavior toward his ex-girlfriend had already led him to plead guilty in July 2020 to felony charges of threatening to communicate derogatory information and stalking. Prosecutors then dismissed counts of substantial battery and witness intimidation. Meyer was sentenced to one year of "straight time" in the House of Corrections followed by three years of probation.

In taking up Meyer's case, the OLR alleged two counts of misconduct: One related to his felony convictions and one to his providing false testimony purported to be from character witnesses in his criminal trial.

In its decision Wednesday, the Supreme Court said Meyer's misbehavior dates to when his then-girlfriend only named by the initials H.S. in the record first decided to break up with him in October 2017. Soon after, he engaged in "a pattern of conduct aimed at H.S. to cause her to believe that Attorney Meyer would ruin her life, commit acts of violence against her and her family and friends, damage her property, interfere with future relationships she may have, and leave her without a job and money."

On one occasion, in April 2018, Meyer punched his ex-girlfriend in the face, leaving her with a black eye and a concussion. She had to miss two weeks of her work as a physician's assistant as a result.

He called her hundreds of times once more than 120 times in a single day and sent hundreds of text messages and emails. He threatened to send harmful information about her to her employer and her family and friends if she did not pay off debts he claimed he was owed, reveal details of her...

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