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Akerman is facing a malpractice lawsuit from a former acquaintance-turned-business associate of corporate raider Victor Posner who is claiming that she suffered damages after the firm gave “negligent and reckless” legal advice to a court-appointed overseer of Posner’s estate.

A complaint filed April 10 in Miami-Dade Circuit Court pits Brenda Nestor against the law firm over its representation of Philip von Kahle, a lawyer and a broker with Fort Lauderdale estate planner Moecker & Associates. Von Kahle took over from Nestor in 2015 as the curator of Posner’s estate. Posner, who built a fortune and reputation specializing in hostile business takeovers, reportedly left behind a $321 million estate when he died more than a decade and a half ago at age 83.

“The curator and Akerman were negligent and reckless in the exercise of their fiduciary duties to Nestor, resulting in damages to her,” the complaint said. “Akerman breached its fiduciary duty to Nestor by improperly advise the curator to take actions not for the benefit of the estate and its beneficiaries and interested persons he owed a fiduciary duty to, including Nestor, but instead for its own self-interests.”

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Scott Flaherty

Scott Flaherty, based in New York, covers the business of law with a focus on legal ethics, lawyer misconduct, conflicts-of-interest and litigation involving law firms. He can be reached at [email protected] On Twitter: @sflaherty18

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