- PI Shop Sues 3 Ex-Employee Attorneys, Seeks $4.5M, Says They Set Up New Firm With 32 Slocumb Clients
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PI Shop Sues 3 Ex-Employee Attorneys, Seeks $4.5M, Says They Set Up New Firm With 32 Slocumb Clients
Posted Oct 18, 2011 6:56 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
An Alabama-based personal injury law firm has sued three attorneys formerly employed in its Washington, D.C., office in federal court there.
Zeke Roeser, Morgan Whitlock and Kevin Gracie allegedly used confidential information obtained at the Slocumb Law Office, it contends, to set up their own Roeser & Whitlock firm with at least 32 of Slocumb's clients whose cases are potentially worth millions, reports the Legal Times.
A complaint (PDF) filed by the law firm last week and a declaration (PDF) from Michael W. Slocumb seek a restraining order to prevent the new firm from continuing to poach on its turf, as Slocumb sees the situation, in addition to $4.5 million in damages.
"As a trial judge knows, every case is unique, and the recovery for every individual plaintiff is determinant upon many factors, chief amongst which is the quality of the counsel," Slocumb writes. "None of the individual defendants has ever served as first chair in a trial. My firm's clients, thus, are being solicited by attorneys without the necessary experience to handle their cases."
The three defendant lawyers didn't respond to requests for comment from Legal Times.