Two former lawyers at Girardi Keese told a federal judge that they alerted Tom Girardi about unpaid client settlements but, ultimately, had no control over the transfer of firm money.

David Lira and Keith Griffin, both of whom left Los Angeles-based Girardi Keese this year, submitted responses Dec. 21 to U.S. District Judge Tom Durkin of the Northern District of Illinois, who froze Girardi’s assets and that of his firm earlier this month after uncovering $2 million in missing funds from client settlements with Boeing over the 2018 crash of Lion Air Flight 610. Durkin also referred Girardi to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago but allowed Lira and Griffin to explain why he should not also hold them in contempt of court orders to pay the full settlement funds to their clients.

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