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Fee dispute suit spawns battle of ex-presidents

A fee collection lawsuit in Fairfax has turned into a battle pitting a former president of the Virginia Bar Association against a former president of the Virginia State Bar amid allegations of legal malpractice and overbilling.

The Lewis Law Firm is a Virginia firm based in Washington; it is headed by Glenn C. Lewis, who led the VBA in 2007. The firm sued a former client to collect unpaid portions of its bill from a divorce case, plus interest. But the client then filed a counterclaim alleging legal malpractice, among other things, and seeking $500,000 in damages.

Representing the former client is Alexandria lawyer Bernard J. DiMuro, who served as VSB president in 2002-2003. DiMuro said information disclosed in the case shows the Lewis firm billed the husband nearly nine times the amount the wife was charged by her lawyers.

Virginia Lawyers Weekly subscribers can read the full story here.

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