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Ex-partner sues Thompson Wigdor for $600K; former colleague calls him ‘disgruntled and desperate’

Posted Apr 9, 2013 2:37 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A former partner who left Thompson Wigdor in 2011, after the firm was sanctioned over an employment case in which he was involved, has sued for $600,000 he says he is still owed.

Scott Gilly says he is owed the money under the firm's 2008 partnership agreement and a separation agreement, Reuters reports.

Gilly also contended in the Manhattan Supreme Court case that the firm, for no good reason, planned to ask Southern District of New York judges for "permission" to pay him money he is owed for work on 2012 cases.

Partner Douglas Wigdor called the complaint a "frivolous lawsuit brought by a disgruntled and desperate former partner" in an email sent to Reuters.

Gilly left the firm after the Southern District of New York imposed a $15,000 sanction on Thompson Wigdor for allowing Gilly's client in an employment discrimination case to avoid disclosing facts that could have reduced damages. Gilly was suspended from working in the SDNY for one year, starting Feb. 5.

"After being suspended from the practice of law by the SDNY for a period of one year, it is surprising that Mr. Gilly would resort to filing a complaint, in contravention of the partnership agreement, seeking payments from our firm rather than first disclosing this and obtaining permission from the grievance committee that suspended him in the first place," Wigdor said in the email.

Gilly's counsel did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Judge Sanctions Law Firm $15K for Allowing Job Bias Client to Hide New Employment"

ABAJournal.com: "Sanctioned Law Firm Shortens Its Name, Says Goodbye to Lawyers Who Irked Judge"

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