Court Summarily Dismisses Counterclaim, Affirmed on Appeal


Michael J. Sullivan and Jason M. Renner obtained summary disposition of plaintiff’s counterclaim for legal malpractice (and several other torts) on the basis that plaintiff had failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. The plaintiff brought his counterclaim in response to a lawsuit initiated by a law firm that sought recovery of unpaid legal fees for services it provided to him in connection with a divorce action. Despite voluntarily agreeing to a settlement with his former wife, plaintiff later claimed that his attorney’s alleged negligence caused him to enter into a “bad” settlement. The trial court rejected this argument and dismissed plaintiff’s claims. Thereafter, the trial court denied plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration. The plaintiff’s appeal was defeated by Trent B. Collier, who secured an order affirming the trial court result.

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