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Name Partners of Florida Law Firm Are Mum Amid Reports of Its Dissolution

Posted Oct 30, 2012 9:39 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Florida law firm Rutherford Mulhall is reportedly headed for dissolution after closing several of its offices.

The Boca Raton law firm has informed Florida bar officials that it is closing after laying off most of its 14 lawyers and staff, the Daily Business Review (sub. req.) reports. The story is based on unnamed sources.

The firm had previously closed offices in Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

Managing partner Charles Rutherford was in meetings and did not respond to a request for comment by the Daily Business Review. The South Florida Business Journal was also unable to reach Rutherford and name partner John Mulhall, but a woman who answered the phone at the law firm confirmed the layoffs.

The law firm, formed in 1990, saw rapid growth in the 2000s, opening small offices at expensive locations, several former partners told the Daily Business Review. In 2008, Rutherford Mulhall was in the news when a judge in Palm Beach County claimed the firm charged him for unnecessary work in his alimony case because it has a policy of sanctioning lawyers who fail to bill 1,800 hours a year. His accusation came in a suit by the firm for unpaid legal fees.

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