Novelist's Ex-Atty Denies Conflict At $3M Malpractice Trial

Law360, New York (January 10, 2017, 6:02 PM EST) -- Former McLaughlin & Stern LLP partner Martin Friedman conceded Tuesday that he did not advise Mary Kuczkir, the 83-year-old novelist better known as Fern Michaels, to consult another lawyer before hiring him as her literary agent, but testified there was no ethical conflict even though he long had represented her in legal matters.

Friedman, who no longer practices law, told U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl that the conduct did not do violence to New York rules governing lawyers' professional and ethical conduct because his agency...
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