Ex-Duane Morris Atty Cut Fisherman Out Of Venture, Suit Says

By Mike LaSusa (May 7, 2019, 10:26 PM EDT) -- A former partner at Duane Morris allegedly scammed a fisherman into firing his lawyer so the BigLaw attorney could wheedle his way into a squid-selling venture and cut the fisherman out of the business, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in California federal court.

Gerard "Jerry" Wetle, a longtime fisherman and licensed captain, sued Duane Morris LLP and the firm's former partner Zhaoyang "Paul" Li on Monday, alleging fraud, malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.

"Li used his legal knowledge and role as an attorney and counselor to take advantage of Wetle's good faith belief that Li was working with Wetle to...

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