The $5 million malpractice case against star white-collar defender Michele Roberts has been settled and dismissed, according to D.C. Superior Court documents. A July 25th order from Judge Jennifer Anderson states that the case was dismissed with prejudice, and that each party is to “bear its own costs, including attorneys’ fees.”
The 2006 case against the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner stemmed from Roberts’ representation of Vaughn Stebbins in a 2001 civil case against the District and a Metropolitan Police Department officer. Stebbins claimed Roberts botched his chance to recover damages for injuries he received after being shot by the police officer, and accused Roberts of causing mishaps that led to the dismissal of his case. Roberts failed to formally withdraw her name from Stebbins’ case, even though another lawyer, Steven Kiersh, eventually took over the matter.
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