Law firm sues for its fees; client countersues firm for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
Bohm Wildish, LLP awarded $146,375.60 on its complaint.
Unanimous defense verdict for Bohm Wildish, LLP and Daniel Wildish on Roebuck's cross-complaint for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty seeking over $10 million in damages.
Bohm Wildish & Matsen, LLP by James G. Bohm, Costa Mesa.
Law Offices of Arthur Lettenmaier by Arthur Lettenmaier, Agoura Hills.
James Ulwelling, Esq., standard of care and fiduciary duties, Costa Mesa.
James Hibert, real estate valuation, Carlsbad
Daniel M. Smith, Esq., standard of care and fiduciary duties, San Diego.
Kim Onesko, economics, Long Beach.
Plaintiff, a law firm, sued defendant for breach of a contract to settle a fee dispute.
Defendant filed a cross-complaint against the firm and one if its partners, claiming fraud and a breach of fiduciary duty resulting in the loss of a 1/2-acre parcel of property near the ocean in Dana Point. Cross-complainant claimed over $10 million in damages.
Plaintiff contended that defendant trustee Roebuck entered into an agreement to settle a fee dispute with her lawyers (plaintiffs) for $100,000.
Defendant and cross-complainant contended that the law firm committed fraud as to its claimed bankruptcy experience and breached its fiduciary duty by suing its client (defendant) for a legal fee using information it claimed was learned by the attorneys during the existence of the attorney-client relationship.