Law Firm Disputes & Lawyer Departures

Law firms are fragile. Lawyers often conflict with partners or move to new firms. Such lawyer moves and conflicts can give rise to a host of legal problems, and may result in quite extensive, costly litigation.

Downey Law Group advises lawyers in how to minimize problems that may arise from law firm disputes and lawyer departures. This includes providing advice regularly on how to deal with underperforming or over-aggressive partners, how to leave a law firm ethically, and how to deal with former partners or colleagues who violated their ethical and fiduciary duties when departing a law firm.

Sometimes disputes and firm departures result in serious conflicts. Prior representations relating to lawyer disputes and law firm departures include:

  • Counseling an equity partner leaving one of his city’s largest law firms, and negotiating financial terms relating to funds that lawyer was owed including for clients wrongfully retained by certain lawyers at that firm;
  • Representing one partner during litigation arising from dissolution of a two-partner trust and estate firm;
  • Advising an AmLaw 200 law firm during the departure of lawyers who previously comprised an important strategic office of the firm; and
  • Serving as an expert witness in litigation where a lawyer challenged the conduct of his former firm after the lawyer departed the firm and sought to continue representing many clients who elected to stay with the law firm.

Downey Law Group seeks to provide objective counsel and expertise on legal ethics and related matters to ensure that its clients can preserve through and exit such disputes with their focus on maximizing the profitability and enjoyability of their post-dispute law practice.