Analysis

DC Court Puts Nail In Coffin Of BigLaw Clawback Claims

Law360 (February 14, 2020, 8:18 PM EST) -- An unequivocal affirmation Thursday from a unanimous D.C. appeals panel that clients enjoy full ownership of their legal matters should nix any future claims by dissolved firms for a split of fees generated by ex-partners and their new firms, experts say.

While the client-as-owner concept has been widely enforced by bar groups and courts, the opinion from a court at a focal point of the legal industry will clear up lingering confusion about who gets to decide where matters go amid firm ruptures, while further easing an already fluid BigLaw lateral market.

"I still hear these blanket assertions from lawyers: 'These...

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