The former attorneys for a disgraced lawyer who stole a fortune from his clients were denied their request for attorney fees and ordered to return fees earned prior to a bankruptcy filing.

Christopher John Pettit, who is being held in the Karnes City Detention Facility on a federal indictment, surrendered his law license earlier this year after the State Bar of Texas was made aware of numerous state court judgments against him that were brought by former clients whose funds were stolen.