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Hollywood Lawyer Sues His Former Law Firm

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August 18, 2004|Claudia Eller

Top Hollywood lawyer Barry Hirsch, who abruptly left his law firm this past weekend in a bitter split after 24 years, is suing over the firm's plans to restructure.

Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum & Morris plans to dissolve its current professional corporation to form a limited liability partnership, a structure commonly used by professionals such as accountants and lawyers to protect individual partner assets.

In a suit filed Friday, Hirsch and three lawyers who joined him to set up a new practice alleged that the plan would undervalue assets, improperly concentrate control in the hands of a few partners and fail to fully compensate the lawyers.

Partner Jim Jackoway said the lawsuit "is absolutely without merit and will be vigorously defended."

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-- Claudia Eller

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