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Quarles & Brady (126)


Many have ignored the occasional parking fine, but few have almost lost their homes over such a delinquency. Quarles & Brady represented a disabled man whose home was foreclosed upon by the city of Milwaukee for failing to pay a $2,700 parking violation.The Am Law Pro Bono 100

Peter Tubic originally received a fine in 2004 for parking a van with expired license plates in the driveway of his elderly parents’ home. The van had broken down and Tubic couldn’t get the vehicle to an emissions testing site, a requirement for renewing the plates. Tubic, who suffers from physical and psychological disabilities, was overwhelmed caring for his sick parents, according to Quarles partner Jodi Janecek. Tubic ultimately ignored at least ten notices, and the fines escalated to close to $2,700. The city filed a tax lien on the property in April 2008, and foreclosed on the house, which Tubic had inherited, in July. The judge, however, stayed the judgment, giving Tubic one last chance to obtain counsel and explain his actions.

Janecek contacted Tubic after reading about his foreclosure in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in August. She initially tried to negotiate with the city, asking that they reduce the fine or accept a donation from one of several donors that came forward offering to pay a portion of the penalties. But the city contended that it now owned the property, and that the judge would have to reopen the case. In mid-August, Janecek filed a brief in support of a motion to set aside the judgment of foreclosure, asking that Tubic either be given more time to come up with the money or modify the fine to the original $50 ticket. Soon after, William Cannon, a personal injury lawyer at Milwaukee-based Cannon & Dunphy agreed to pay the total owed amount and Janecek stipulated to reopen the case. The city agreed to a reversal of the foreclosure in early September.

—Amy Kolz | July 1, 2009

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