Hawkins Parnell Wins Summary Judgment for Client in Georgia Legal Malpractice Case
August 27, 2021 (Atlanta, GA) – Hawkins Parnell & Young litigators Kate Whitlock, Kelli Steele, and Stephen Rothring secured an absolute victory for their law firm client. The Georgia State Court in Cobb County granted summary judgment in favor of Hawkins Parnell's lawyer-client on claims from a former client, appointed a receiver, denied the request to add counterclaims, and awarded attorneys’ fees.
Hawkins Parnell's attorney-client had done substantial legal work for a client who refused to pay. The underlying client also refused to honor its contractual obligation to have a receiver appointed to ensure the payment of legal fees. The underlying client answered the complaint for recovery of the initial expenses and only later moved to assert counterclaims alleging legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment. The underlying client submitted a detailed and lengthy expert affidavit that made serious allegations against Hawkins Parnell's attorney-client.
Kate, Kelli, and Stephen helped the judge navigate through the numerous accusations. The judge agreed with the defense and granted Hawkins Parnell's lawyer-client all relief requested. In a related case, the Hawkins Parnell team convinced a different judge to enforce the attorney’s lien, which allowed the lawyer-client to apply the debt due with money held in trust.