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Law firm is losing lawyers and will be winding down, partner says

A California law firm that has been under fire over its claimed billing practices and has reportedly lost a number of attorneys recently will be winding down its operations, a partner said in a letter to a client.

Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir “will be winding down and eventually close,” says a letter last week from partner Dieter Dammeier to a police association client, reports the Daily Pilot.

The letter also refers to a “mass exodus” of lawyers, the newspaper says. The Daily Journal (sub. req.) has reported that half of the nearly 20 lawyers at the 16-year-old firm have made plans to leave or form their own practices, the article notes.

Meanwhile, the the Peace Officers Research Assn. of California has removed Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir from its approved list of Legal Defense Fund attorneys, contending that an expert review showed that the firm had engaged in questionable billing practices, including double- and triple-billing.

The Daily Pilot article says the law firm did not respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment and two senior partners did not respond to a request for comment Monday from the ABA Journal.

See also:

OC Watchdog (Orange County Register, sub. req.): “Police defense fund accuses law firm of misconduct”

OC Watchdog (Orange County Register, sub. req.): “Bare-knuckled police defense firm gets knocked out”

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