Webster Szanyi Attorneys Kevin Szanyi and Tom Lane Prevail in Complex Partnership Dispute

Webster Szanyi partners Kevin Szanyi and Tom Lane successfully represented an Am Law 200 law firm in a lengthy arbitration proceeding where six former equity partners departed the firm and subsequently pursued claims alleging the law firm’s partnership agreement was invalid and violated public policy under RPC 5.6 because, according to the departing partners, it restricted client choice of counsel and attorney mobility.  The departing partners also claimed they signed the partnership agreement under duress and asserted various claims for an accounting, dissolution of the firm, and breaches of fiduciary duty.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the arbitrators issued an award that found in favor of Webster Szanyi’s client and soundly rejected all of the former partners’ claims.  It is the second time in less than a year that Webster Szanyi has prevailed on behalf of its client in a partnership dispute between a law firm and its former partners. Webster Szanyi LLP obtains favorable decision in Capizzi v. Brown Chiari LLP, et al.