Whose Referral Fee is it Anyway? Lawyer and Former Firm Duke it Out

David Silver Quote :

You can't abandon a client for years and then claim to be entitled to a fee.

A Lauderhill lawyer is battling his former bosses in court over a hefty prize: a $1.2 million referral fee for a successful whistleblower case.

Normally, such disputes don’t escalate to legal action — they’re decided by employment contracts between firms and their employees. But South Florida firm Frank Weinberg & Black made no written agreement with Steven Katz about who would be entitled to referral fees after he left the firm in 2013.

A few years later, a case Katz had passed along to a Miami health care firm when he was an associate at Frank Weinberg & Black ended in a $145 million settlement.

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