Bitter Divorce: When Law Firm Breakups Go Sour

Law360 (July 11, 2019, 5:15 PM EDT) -- Partner departures from a firm are often civil, if not amicable, and pass without public incident. But the defection of a partner from one firm to another can be the catalyst for a fraught dispute over fees, returned capital or the circumstances of their exit.

The feud between litigation boutique Pierce Bainbridge and a New York-based ex-partner is one recent example of a separation gone bad. That split has swelled to three separate lawsuits in two states, and a smattering of allegations including accusations of sexual assault, financial fraud and defamation.

Here are a few other recent partner separations that made...

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