A Virginia hotel operator has filed a $28 million claim in the LeClairRyan bankruptcy and is seeking relief from the automatic stay in the matter so it can continue a New Jersey state court malpractice action that it filed against the firm in May.

Petersburg Regency LLC argued in a federal court filing Thursday in Richmond, Virginia, that it makes no sense to litigate its claims, which stem from the firm’s handling of an insurance dispute arising from 2003′s Hurricane Isabel, outside of New Jersey.

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