Legal Ethics

Disbarred Lawyer Fighting New Sanction Decries Treatment, Barks at Wisconsin Justices

A disbarred Milwaukee lawyer fighting a recommendation for additional sanctions told the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday that the ethics case is “traumatizing me and pushing me into an early grave.”

Alan Eisenberg, 71, was disbarred in 2010 for filing a lawsuit in bad faith, but the ethics rules allow him to seek reinstatement after five years, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. A referee has recommended that an extra two years be added to the waiting period for Eisenberg’s conduct in two cases, one involving dog euthanasia and the other, fee splitting. The referee also recommended Eisenberg pay nearly $30,000 in costs.

The oral argument was “pure Eisenberg,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says. He compared himself to the dog in the euthanasia case and, at one point, actually barked at the court, according to the account.

“What is the purpose of coming after me right after I’m disbarred?” Eisenberg said. “Tell me to die and I’ll do it. Order a lobotomy. I surrender.”

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