Our client was a San Diego office lighting company that was represented by another lawyer for a lawsuit against the company’s insurance company for failure to pay a claim against the company’s insurance policy. That prior lawyer obtained a partial settlement of $225‚000‚ which was deposited into his client-trust account. However‚ the lawyer then stole the money and used it for himself.
Although the lawyer had already repaid $75‚000 to our client‚ he failed to repay the rest. The Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers sued the lawyer and obtained a judgment in Superior Court for $380‚000‚ including $250‚000 in punitive damages. The lawyer then filed bankruptcy to try to avoid payment of the judgment. We hired bankruptcy co-counsel to help fight for our clients and were able to obtain a negotiated settlement in bankruptcy court for an additional $225‚000 to pay for the prior attorneys’ legal malpractice and fraud.
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