The fight between prominent plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and a litigation funder that claims he and his firm haven’t paid back a $15 million loan has been routed to arbitration. However, a significant, potentially public fight remains over whether Mill Valley-based funder Law Finance Group LLC will be able to go after Girardi’s personal assets if it wins in arbitration.

Law Finance Group sued Girardi, better known to reality TV fans as the husband of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne, and his firm, Girardi Keese, in Los Angeles Superior Court in January. The funder claims that Girardi and the firm refused to hand over recovered fees from cases the parties allegedly agreed would repay the loans.

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