Suing Over Fees Should Be Firms' Last Resort: Experts

Law360, New York (July 29, 2009, 6:51 PM EDT) -- Big-league law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP's legal action over a $2.83 million tab it alleges went unpaid signifies the lengths more firms will have to go to in order to get paid in lean times, law firm watchers say.

But industry experts warn that litigation against clients can ruin client-firm relationships and hurt firms' reputations. Firms should exhaust other strategies before taking their grievances to the courtroom, they advise.

“If a law firm does sue a client, the client's defense is almost certainly going...
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