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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 7, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Brett Jones, Nashville, Tennessee, Pro Se. appellant.

Attorneys 2:

Roger Alan Maness, Clarksville, Tennessee for the appellee, J. Ross Pepper, Pepper & Brothers PLLC.

Judge(s): CANTRELL

A homeowner who was sued by a contractor hired an attorney to defend against the suit. The homeowner and the attorney entered into a contract whereby the attorney would charge $225 per hour, calculate the bill in quarter hour increments and bill monthly. The homeowner made his monthly payments as the litigation progressed, but after he became dissatisfied with the service he was getting, he stopped paying . He subsequently discharged the attorney and hired other counsel. The attorney sent the homeowner a final bill for $8,529. The homeowner paid $4,000 and offered to settle the remainder for a lesser amount. The attorney refused and brought suit against the homeowner for the unpaid balance. The trial court entered judgment in favor of the attorney. We affirm.