A West Chester, Pa., lawyer and two of his former firms have been hit with a $10 million legal malpractice suit by the court-appointed receiver who is overseeing the recoupment of funds for victims of the $78 million Ponzi scheme run by Joseph Forte.

In the suit, receiver Marion A. Hecht claims that attorney Kevin J. Ryan and his former firms — Crawford Wilson & Ryan and Crawford Wilson Ryan & Agulnick — negligently prepared partnership documents that allowed Forte to evade federal registration and reporting requirements.

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