Generally, the law gives an attorney a retaining lien that allows the attorney to hold the client's file until the client is fully paid. I cannot say if this applies in your case without knowing more facts.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases. Feel free to check out my web site and contact me at (212) 385-8015 or via email at Eric@RothsteinLawNY.com. The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
You can contact NY State Bar's attorney fee dispute resolution division. http://www.nycourts.gov/admin/feedispute/index.shtml
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I agree with my colleagues.
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