NY Lawyers Locked in Lease Dispute Over Mansion Office
Herbert M. Siegel and Dennis Alan Kahn enjoyed a 30-year partnership at Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn, one of the best known law firms in Buffalo, N.Y. But now the family law attorney and plaintiff lawyer are locked in landlord-tenant litigation, involving a historic Victorian mansion Siegel rents to the firm.
Siegel calls the case an eviction matter, while Kahn describes it as a tenant dispute, according to the Buffalo News. Arguments on the case were heard last week.
Siegel, the family law attorney, left Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn about three years ago, but the firm still carries his name, and he rents office space to his old law firm, charging $7,000 a month. According to his eviction petition, the law firm now headed by Kahn is behind $28,000 in rent. The lease ends in June 2012.
Alternatively, plaintiff lawyer Kahn maintains that the office needs some repairs, which Siegel has refused to do.
In better times, the law office was known for holding huge, fancy parties at the mansion location with a celebrity guest list, the Buffalo News reports.