In the Matter of Disciplinary Proceedings Against Amie B. Trupke, Attorney at Law:
Amie B. Trupke, Respondent. Office of Lawyer Regulation, Complainant,
PROCEEDINGS AGAINST TRUPKE
disciplinary proceeding. Attorney's license
We review a stipulation filed pursuant to Supreme Court Rule
(SCR) 22.12 between the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) and
Attorney Amie B. Trupke. The stipulation provides that
Attorney Trupke committed two counts of professional
misconduct and requests that the court suspend Attorney
Trupke's license to practice law in this state for one
After carefully reviewing this matter, we accept the
stipulation and impose the requested discipline. We do not
order any restitution, as none was requested by the OLR.
Because this matter has been resolved by a stipulation under
SCR 22.12 without the need for the appointment of a referee,
we impose no costs on Attorney Trupke.
Attorney Trupke was admitted to the practice of law in
Wisconsin in 2002. She resides in Oregon, Wisconsin. Attorney
Trupke has not previously been the subject of professional
discipline. At the times of the events giving rise to this
proceeding, Attorney Trupke was a partner in a Madison law
On July 28, 2017, the OLR filed a disciplinary complaint
against Attorney Trupke alleging two counts of professional
misconduct and seeking a one-year suspension. Attorney Trupke
retained counsel and responded to the complaint.
The facts set forth in the complaint are as follows: In 2013,
Attorney Trupke began serving as an independent reviewer for
the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). CCI is a service
offered through the American Arbitration Association (AAA) in
which an independent reviewer is appointed to consider
whether an individual may be violating copyright law or has a
valid defense. Once a CCI reviewer or AAA arbitrator
completes a matter, the parties pay a fee to AAA, which in
turn pays the reviewer or arbitrator.
Between January 2013 and June 2016, AAA paid Attorney Trupke
$73, 025 for her work as a CCI reviewer. Attorney Trupke did
not report the $73, 025 in CCI fees to her firm or to her
In 2013, Attorney Trupke opened a file at the firm for an AAA
matter. After working 28.10 hours on the matter, she directed
the firm's accounting department to write the time off.
She subsequently sent a personal invoice to AAA, requesting
that AAA send payment to her home. In March 2016, Attorney
Trupke gave misleading information to the firm's managing
partner about her work and income from CCI and AAA.
Attorney Trupke resigned from the firm in May 2016. In June
2016, Attorney Trupke and the firm entered into a
reimbursement agreement in which Attorney Trupke waived
certain post resignation benefits to offset payments she owed
to the firm.
On January 2, 2018, the OLR and Attorney Trupke filed a
stipulation whereby Attorney Trupke withdrew her answer and
stipulated that she did not contest the alleged misconduct.
Specifically, Attorney Trupke stipulated that converting fees
belonging to the firm from 2013 through 2016 constitutes a
violation of SCR 20:8.4(c) . Attorney Trupke stipulated
further that by converting fees owed to her law firm from
2013 through 2016, by misrepresenting to the firm the amount
of fees she had earned from 2013 through 2016, and in taking
steps to ensure that fees owed to the firm were paid directly
to her instead of the firm, she breached fiduciary duties
owed to her firm and her duty of honesty in her professional
dealings with the firm, thereby violating SCR
In the stipulation, Attorney Trupke stated that she believed
that her work as a CCI reviewer was educational in nature,
similar to educational services that law partners performed
for the law school, whereby partners were allowed to retain
some compensation under a firm honoraria policy.
Attorney Trupke added that all checks from the AAA were sent
to the firm's address, and her 1099s for 2014 and 2015
from the AAA were sent to the firm's address and were
received by the firm's accounting department. Attorney
Trupke stated that she ...