On Thursday, April 6, 2023, the State of Michigan Attorney Disciplinary Board reprimanded attorney Thomas R. Warnicke for failing to make reasonable efforts to expedite litigation consistent with the interests of the client. The case is entitled “In the Matter of Thomas R. Warnicke,” with case no. 22-81-GA.
The charges cited Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 3.2, 4.4, and 9.104(2) which states:
Failed to make reasonable efforts to expedite litigation consistent with the interests of the client.
Used means that had no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third party.
Engaged in conduct that exposes the legal profession or the courts to obloquy, contempt, censure, or reproach.
The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
Pursuant to the Michigan Court of Rules, the respondent and the Grievance Administrator filed a stipulation for a consent order of discipline that was approved by the Attorney Grievance Commission and accepted by the hearing panel. And based upon the respondent’s no-contest plea as set forth in the party’s stipulation, the panel found that the respondent committed professional misconduct while representing a client in a civil action.
In relation to the abovementioned violation of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct and the no-contest plea and the stipulation of the parties, the court’s hearing panel decided to order the reprimand of the respondent.
The Disposition states:
“In accordance with the stipulation of the parties, the hearing panel ordered that the respondent be reprimanded. Costs were assessed in the amount of $772.67”
As of today, Mr. Warnicke is listed as an associate at Fieger Law Firm. He attended the Detroit College of Law, graduating in 1992. He practices in Southfield, Michigan. He is licensed in Michigan. His info can be found on martindale.com.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.