WOLFF ARDIS, P.C. v. JONATHAN C. DAILEY, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 11, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

R. Layne Holley, Germantown, Tennessee, for the appellant, Wolff Ardis, P.C.

Attorneys 2:

Beth Brooks, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Jonathan C. Dailey

Judge(s): HIGHERS

This appeal involves the issue of personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state attorney. Defendant is an attorney who resides in Washington D.C. and practiced with a law firm in Virginia. He sought the assistance of Plaintiff, a Memphis law firm, in connection with a lawsuit that Defendant had filed in Maryland. After several discussions, Defendant, Plaintiff, and the client eventually entered into a contract whereby Plaintiff associated with Defendant as co-counsel in the Maryland case. After trial, Defendant allegedly refused to pay his onehalf share of the expenses, as provided by the parties’ contract. Plaintiff then filed the instant lawsuit against Defendant in Tennessee. The trial court granted Defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. We reverse and remand for further proceedings.

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