Milwaukee attorney reprimanded for having sex with client

Posted at 10:04 AM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 11:04:22-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Milwaukee attorney has been publicly reprimanded by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for having sex with a client.

The Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision on Thursday reprimanded attorney Othman Atta and ordered him to pay nearly $9,200 in court costs associated with the disciplinary proceedings.

According to court records, Atta admitted to having a sexual relationship with a woman he was representing during her divorce in 2010. Atta initially denied having a relationship with the woman, then later admitted it.

He pleaded no contest to eight counts of misconduct related to the case. Atta has been licensed as an attorney in Wisconsin since 1994 and had no prior disciplinary record.

Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Shirley Abrahamson dissented from the majority, saying a public reprimand was too lenient.