UnitedLex Must Face Conspiracy Suit Over LeClairRyan Deal

Law360 (July 20, 2021, 3:44 PM EDT) -- UnitedLex must face the bulk of a $128 million lawsuit filed by the trustee for defunct law firm LeClairRyan PLLC, a Virginia federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, saying allegations that an agreement between the two led to the unauthorized practice of law were enough to undergird a conspiracy claim.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin R. Huennekens ruled that the 2018 joint venture between LeClairRyan and UnitedLex that birthed a new UnitedLex-owned venture known as ULX Partners LLC was itself not illegal. But allegations that control of the firm had been handed to a nonlawyer were enough to support conspiracy claims from the...

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