Sixteen former Dickstein Shapiro partners have sued Blank Rome claiming the 2016 merger between the two firms was inappropriately styled as a sale to avoid paying out more than $4 million in capital accounts owed to former partners.

“Blank Rome’s transactional attorneys tried to ‘play cute’ by structuring the merger of Dickstein Shapiro into its law firm by the artifice of labeling it as an ‘asset sale’ for the solitary purpose of defrauding former Dickstein Shapiro partners (who were necessarily not going to be a part of Blank Rome),” wrote the former Dickstein Shapiro’s lawyers at Kabateck Brown Kellner and The Kellner Law Group in Los Angeles in a complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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