Attorney Fees

Malpractice Deal Revealed

Posted Aug 20, 2007 7:54 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Details of a confidential agreement to settle a legal malpractice case have been revealed in a lawsuit over disputed attorney fees in the case.

Dallas securities attorney Phillip W. Offill Jr. and his former law firm settled the malpractice case against them last spring for $4.8 million, according to a court filing in the fee dispute, Texas Lawyer reports.

Richard Sayles, Offill’s lawyer, says he’s not pleased about the disclosure. "Clearly the confidentiality agreement was breached," he told the legal publication.

Dallas law firm Nowak & Stauch claims in the lawsuit that its client conspired with co-counsel to deny it a share of attorney fees. The petition, which includes a motion to seal, says Nowak was fired on the eve of the legal malpractice settlement. Named in the suit are Nowak's former client, Consolidated Sports Media Group, and co-counsel Sifford Anderson & Co.

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