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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Wisconsin has been awarded a judgment for $42,153 against Emory T. Booker, III and Legacy Legal Group, LLC, d/b/a “The Light Hero.”
The Wisconsin Department of Justice sued Attorney Booker in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee for repeated and flagrant violations of his duties to bankruptcy clients from the poorest areas of the City of Milwaukee. Booker recruited clients using street posters identifying himself as “The Light Hero” and offering his services to prevent utility shut-offs. People responding to Booker’s posters were induced to file bankruptcy, purportedly without an attorney. In fact, the clients had paid Booker for legal representation they did not receive.
The lawsuit alleged that Booker misrepresented his services, and failed to make required disclosures to his clients. It asked the court to order Booker to refund all fees he received from bankruptcy clients. The court found that Booker owes former clients $36,768.00 for such fees, and awarded Wisconsin attorneys’ fees of $5,385.00, producing the total judgment of $42,153.
Assistant Attorneys General Mark Bromley and Maria Lazar represent the State in this matter.