Case Conclusion Date: 01.31.2011
Practice Area: Divorce and separation
Outcome: Successful--Client Got His Day in Court!
Description: Highly contested dissolution for a long-term marriage with a great disparity between the wife's and husband's earning abilities. A trial was held in the absence of my very ill client, the result of which was the other party being awarded most of the community property, along with her greater income. I was successful in my motion for a new trial, with the second trial dividing the property in a more equitable manner. However, due to the intransigence of the other party, who was particularly unhappy with the turn of events with the new trial, had I not stopped billing the client at a certain point, my fees would have exceeded his share of the property settlement--an outcome I could not live with.