We are post trial. The defendant has to pay a judgement, but we could have appealed on some claims. We decided not to after our lawyer made appealing sound terrible. After we told our lawyer that we were not going to appeal and that it was over, he unsuccessfully tried to negotiate a settlement with the defendants lawyers without our knowledge or consent. He threatened to appeal if they didn't pay what he asked. Our contract says that we have sole discretion regarding settlements.
Our lawyer did some other questionable things during the course of our litigation. This seems concerning to us.
Did he have the right to go against our wishes or to attempt to negotiate a settlement without us knowing and using an appeal as leverage after we had decided not to appeal?
Absent your express authorization, he did not. No settlement is enforceable without your express agreement. This is the sort of conduct that should be reported to your state's bar organization.
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