In the Matter of Disciplinary Proceedings Against David P. F. Templeton, Attorney at Law:
David P. F. Templeton, Respondent. Office of Lawyer Regulation, Complainant,
ATTORNEY disciplinary proceeding. Attorney's license
We review a stipulation filed pursuant to Supreme Court Rule
(SCR) 22.12 by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) and
Attorney David P. F. Templeton. In the stipulation, Attorney
Templeton admits that he committed professional misconduct,
and he agrees with the OLR's request that his license to
practice law be suspended for a period of six months. He
further agrees that the court should impose various
conditions upon the reinstatement of his license to practice
After careful review of the matter, we accept the stipulation
and impose the requested discipline. Because Attorney
Templeton entered into a comprehensive stipulation prior to
the appointment of a referee, we do not require him to pay
the costs of this proceeding.
Attorney Templeton was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin
in 2004 and practiced in Menasha. He has no prior
disciplinary history. Effective May 31, 2017, his license to
practice law was suspended for failure to comply with
continuing legal education reporting requirements. Effective
October 31, 2017, his license to practice law was suspended
for failure to pay state bar dues and provide the OLR trust
account certification. Attorney Templeton's license
On December 27, 2018, the OLR filed a complaint alleging that
Attorney Templeton had engaged in three counts of
professional misconduct. The complaint sought a six-month
suspension of his license to practice law in Wisconsin.
Attorney Templeton filed a handwritten answer on January 7,
2019, stating that he accepts the OLR's findings and
recommendations and that he takes full responsibility for his
On January 18, 2019, the OLR and Attorney Templeton filed a
stipulation pursuant to SCR 22.12. The following facts are
taken from the stipulation.
On June 22, 2017, Village of Fox Crossing Police Department
Investigator Jeremiah Gustafson provided information to the
OLR about Attorney Templeton, advising that Attorney
Templeton was under investigation for suspected drug-related
conduct. Investigator Gustafson was working with an
investigator from the Lake Winnebago Metropolitan Enforcement
Group (MEG) and a confidential informant (CI) . MEG is a
multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force concentrating
on illegal drugs that uses CIs to gather evidence. The CI and
Attorney Templeton had discussed the possibility of the CI
performing clerical work for Attorney Templeton in exchange
On August 2, 2017, Investigator Gustafson, the MEG
investigator, and the CI met in advance of a pre-arranged
controlled buy of illegal drugs from Attorney Templeton set
for later that day. The CI wore a wireless body transmitter
while the investigators observed the drug transaction between
Attorney Templeton and the CI. Attorney Templeton delivered
approximately .2 grams of heroin to the CI with the
assurance, "Don't worry, I'll get more."
Following the drug transaction, Attorney Templeton was
arrested and later released.
On August 11, 2017, Attorney Templeton was charged in
Winnebago County with one count of manufacturing/delivery of
heroin in violation of Wis.Stat. § 961.41(1) (d)l, a
Class F felony. Conditions of his bail/bond included absolute
sobriety and no commission of any criminal act.
On August 14, 2017, Attorney Templeton tested positive for
methamphetamine, in violation of his bail/bond. On August 17,
2017, he caused a disturbance at a Menasha apartment while
intoxicated, two additional violations of his bail/bond.
On August 18, 2017, as a result of his conduct the previous
day, Attorney Templeton was charged in Winnebago County with
two counts of felony bail jumping pursuant to Wis.Stat.
§ 946.49(1)(b), and one count of misdemeanor disorderly
conduct pursuant to Wis.Stat. § 947.01.
On March 6, 2018, Attorney Templeton pleaded guilty to the
felony count of manufacturing/delivery of heroin and one
count of felony bail jumping. The other felony bail jumping
and the disorderly conduct counts were read in and dismissed.
On May 18, 2018, Attorney Templeton received an imposed but
stayed sentence consisting of two years of initial
confinement and three years of extended supervision, as well
as an imposed five-year probation sentence with credit for
time served. (Attorney Templeton was incarcerated between
August 18, 2017 and May 18, 2018.)
Attorney Templeton's license to practice law in Wisconsin
has been continuously suspended since May 31, 2017. On June
5, 2017, he appeared in Winnebago County Circuit Court on
behalf of a client. Attorney Templeton failed to inform his
client, opposing counsel, or the court that his license to
practice law had been suspended. A representative of the Town
of Grand Chute Police Department notified the OLR that on
June 28 and 29, 2017, ...