Trials & Litigation

Ex-Partner Sues Attorney Geoffrey Fieger, Contends 'Intolerable Behavior' Forced Him From Law Firm


Geoffrey Fieger. Photo by John Sobczak

A former partner has sued Geoffrey Fieger, contending that “intolerable” and “dysfunctional” working conditions created by the well-known Michigan attorney forced him to leave the firm and cost him professionally and financially.

Filed last week in Oakland County Circuit Court, the suit by Vernon “Ven” Johnson seeks a jurisdictional amount of compensatory damages and a full accounting of the firm’s finances for the decade prior to Johnson’s resignation last year, the Detroit News reports.

In the complaint, Johnson wrote that “the combination of intolerable behavior, broken promises and false representations, the mistreatment of clients, ethically questionable edicts, the loss of experienced trial attorneys, the failure to provide corporate books, records and accounts, as well as other actions … resulted in a deterioration of the business and compelled (my) resignation.”

Fieger did not respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment. He and Johnson had practiced together since 1995.

Hat tip: Associated Press.

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