Western Section Intercedes in Legal Fee Dispute Involving Two Plaintiff's Firms

HILL BOREN, P.C. v. PATY, RYMER and ULIN, P.C. and JAMES ERIC HAMM
Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

R. Sadler Bailey, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Hill Boren, P.C.

Selma Cash Paty, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellee, Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C.

John W. Chandler, Jr., Chattanooga, TN, for the appellee, James Eric Hamm.

Judge: HIGHERS

This appeal involves a dispute over an attorney’s fee involving two law firms and their client. The parties originally entered into a contract whereby both law firms would jointly represent the client as a plaintiff in a personal injury suit. Two years later, the client discharged one of the law firms. The other firm continued to represent the client, and when the case settled over a year later, the remaining firm retained the entire contingency fee. The discharged firm sued the client and the other firm, alleging that it was entitled to a share of the contingency fee and asserting numerous causes of action. The defendants claimed that the discharged firm was limited to quantum meruit. The trial court granted summary judgment to the defendants on all claims. The plaintiff law firm appeals. We affirm.

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