The day after Weinstock & Scavo closed its doors May 31, its landlord filed suit in a last-ditch effort to lay claim to the firm’s assets and to collect more than $7 million in rent for the eight years remaining on its lease.

Correspondence between the firm’s founders and the landlord’s representatives, included in the pleading, reveals that the 26-year-old firm’s inability to renegotiate its lease after a large group of lawyers left in December led to its dissolution six months later.