Legal Malpractice; Excessive Fees; Abusive Litigation
After the Client, a family-owned corporation, had fired its previous attorney, that attorney sued the Client for his attorney's fees. The Firm defended the Client, and defeated the previous lawyer's claim, proving that the fees he had been charging were unreasonable and unearned. The Firm then filed a new suit against the lawyer for having initiated abusive litigation against the Client. Shortly before that trial was to begin, the lawyer paid the Firm's settlement demand in full. The Client therefore was made whole and recovered all its damages and costs of litigation from the prior lawyer.