Trials & Litigation

5th Circuit OKs $353K and Legal Fees Award to Recruiter Paid Zero for Introducing 10 Lawyers to Firm


A federal appeals court has affirmed a magistrate judge’s decision awarding $353,000 to a legal recruiter paid zero for allegedly introducing a 10-lawyer group to Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.

CB Legal Search also is to have its litigation costs covered by the law firm, the Am Law Daily reports.

Lewis Brisbois argued that the recruiter wasn’t the “procuring cause” of the 12-lawyer contingent eventually added to its attorney roster from Chicago-based Bollinger Ruberry & Garvey. But the appeals court said in an opinion (PDF) today provided by the Am Law Daily that this was a question of fact decided by the trial court.

A magistrate judge tried the Southern District of Texas case by agreement of the parties.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Recruiter Got Zip, Sued for $100M, Is Awarded $365K re 12-Lawyer Leap to Lewis Brisbois”

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