Seyfarth Shaw has hit back against a former client who sued the firm for legal malpractice, arguing the client’s principal is to blame for her losses because she was secretly taking advice from a disbarred lawyer convicted in a bribery scandal.

Seyfarth represented Blue Dog at 399 Inc. in a suit against its landlord. Ultimately, after Seyfarth withdrew, Blue Dog alleged in a malpractice suit that the law firm failed to file expert reports and complete discovery in a timely manner, leading key evidence to be excluded.