A former partner of Chadbourne & Parke who was sued by the firm for failing to split an $875,000 fee award has responded in court papers that under Chadbourne’s partnership agreement, he is entitled to keep the entire award.

Chadbourne & Parke in July sued Charles F. Gibbs, a veteran trusts and estates lawyer who left Chadbourne in 2000 to join Holland & Knight. Gibbs had been appointed guardian in 1992 by a Manhattan Surrogate in a case involving trusts for descendents of department store magnate Marshall Field. Chadbourne, which continued to provide legal services on the Field matter after Gibbs left the firm, claimed he refused to pay the firm what it was owed from an $875,000 fee awarded by the court in September 2009 (NYLJ, July 6, 2010).

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