California Supreme Court Holds that Hourly Fee Cases are not Unfinished Business of a Dissolved Law Firm

The California Supreme Court has ruled in the widely anticipated case of Heller Ehrman LLP v. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, holding that under California law a dissolved law firm does not have a property interest in hourly fee matters that it can no longer handle.  The ruling settles an important question in the law of lawyering that has complicated and extended many law firm dissolutions and breakups over the past fifteen years   A copy of the Court's ruling is here.  http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S236208.PDF

The Court's ruling adopted many of the arguments advanced by amici curiae the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, who were represented on the appeal by Taylor & Patchen attorneys Steve Bundy and Josh Benson and by Marisa Chun of McDermott Will & Emery.  A copy of the BASF-LACBA brief can be found here.  download.

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