3 Mississippians sue Texas lawyers for fees for signing up BP claimants

Scott Walker complaint

Wow!  The Sun Herald has the scoop that three coast residents, Scott Walker (yes, that Scott Walker), Kirk Ladner and Steve Seymour, are suing Texas attorneys Jimmy Williamson and Michael Pohl and their firms in federal court claiming that they are owed fees for their work in signing up  BP oil spill claimants.  They allege the existence of two contracts both of which  guaranteed them  $1,500 an hour for working 10 hours a day, seven days a week.

Under the second contract, signed in July 2012, Walker, Seymour and Ladner were to evenly split fees. As a result of their efforts, the lawsuit says, “many seafood restaurants and seafood dealers and other oil spill claimants in Maryland, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama signed contracts to be represented by the partnership/joint venture of Michael Pohl/Jimmy Williamson/Jimmy Williamson P.C. related to their BP oil spill claims.”

Walker, Seymour, and Ladner say they received their last payment under the second contract in June, with $7,875,000 in expenses still due.

I thought that such arrangements were illegal or, at the very least, unethical.  Or is it illegal only if there’s a percentage of the recovery involved?
(Anita Lee is one of the best reporters in the state.)

2 thoughts on “3 Mississippians sue Texas lawyers for fees for signing up BP claimants

  1. MRPC 7.3: “A Lawyer shall not by in-person live telephone or real-time electronic contact solicit professional employment from a particular prospective client with whom the lawyer has no family, close personal, or prior professional relationship when a significant motive of the lawyer’s doing so is the lawyer’s pecuniary gain.”

    But, *whose* “prospective client”?

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