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Danzig v. Danzig

904 P.2d 312 (1995)

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Danzig v. Danzig

Washington Court of Appeals

904 P.2d 312 (1995)

Facts

Steven Danzig (plaintiff) was approached by an attorney, Jeffrey Danzig (defendant), to solicit legal clients in exchange for one-third of the client’s fee. Washington law prohibited attorneys from entering this type of agreement. Additionally, these agreements were a violation of the rules of professional conduct for attorneys in the State of Washington. Steven solicited several clients and billed Jeffrey at an hourly rate that always approximately equaled one-third of the client’s fee. In March 1993, Steven solicited a client for Jeffery but was not paid. One-third of the fee for this client would have been approximately $89,000. Steven sued Jeffrey for breach of contract. The trial court dismissed the lawsuit because the contract was illegal. Steven appealed to the Washington Court of Appeals.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Munson, J.)

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