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.
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