A Dallas County man exonerated in 2008 has sued his former lawyer alleging that the contingent-fee contract under which the lawyer seeks about $1 million of the more than $4 million the state is expected to pay the exoneree is “unconscionable.” But the lawyer has fired back, filing a suit of his own.

On Sept. 17, exoneree Steven Phillips sued his former attorney Kevin Glasheen and the Lubbock, Texas, firm of Glasheen, Valles, Inderman & DeHoyos in the 95th District Court in Dallas. In his original petition in Phillips v. Glasheen, et al.,Phillips alleges that Glasheen and his firm performed no “meaningful legal services” for Phillips before he terminated them on Sept. 16. [See the petition (pdf).]