William A. Winshall, a West Bloomfield lawyer, has received a two-year suspension from the practice of law in Michigan, the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board (ADB) reported Tuesday. The suspension will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2013.
Based on Winshall’s plea of no contest, ADB Tri-County Hearing Panel #79 found that, with respect to one bankruptcy matter, Winshall failed to provide competent representation to his clients; neglected the matter; failed to seek his clients' lawful objectives through reasonably available means permitted by law; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing his clients; failed to deposit costs paid in advance into a client trust account; failed to hold his clients' funds in connection with a representation separate from his own funds by failing to deposit the costs paid in advance into a client trust account; misappropriated the fee and costs paid; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
Regarding a second bankruptcy matter, the panel found that Winshall failed to adequately communicate with his client; failed to deposit legal fees and costs paid in advance into a client trust account; and failed to hold his client's funds in connection with a representation separate from his own funds by failing to deposit the fees and costs paid in advance into a client trust account. In addition, the panel found that Winshall neglected a divorce matter.
Winshall and the Grievance Administrator filed a stipulation for a consent order of discipline, which the Attorney Grievance Commission approved and the hearing panel accepted. Based on that stipulation, the panel ordered Winshall’s suspension from the practice of law in Michigan for two years, commencing Oct. 1, 2013, directed him to pay restitution $3,898.00 and costs of $1,114.97, and ordered that he be subject to a condition relevant to the alleged misconduct.
ADB records show that Winshall also received a reprimand in 2001 and a 60-day suspension in 2009.