A lawyer fired by an estate cannot sue a colleague based on suggestions that the other attorney had “intentionally disparaged” his work to their superior, the Appellate Division, 1st Department, has ruled.

Writing for a unanimous panel in Steinberg v. Schnapp, 103717/08, Justice Eugene Nardelli upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Robert E. Steinberg, who had been hired as trial counsel for the estate, against Stanley Schnapp, the estate’s general counsel.

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