Dallas legal recruiter Diane Caldwell says lawyers have sent her flowers and other gifts after she recruited them to new firms. But June 29 marked the first time in 31 years that a lawyer she recruited sued her and her company, Caldwell & Associates Inc.

In his June 29 petition, Chris L. Gilbert alleges that in 2008, Caldwell (which he uses throughout to refer to both defendants) recruited him from K&L Gates in Nashville, where he was a partner, to work at Patton Boggs in Dallas. In Gilbert v. Caldwell, et al. , Gilbert alleges, among other things, that Caldwell initiated a call to him and made representations that she was an “independent recruiter” and “it would be in his best interests to leave K&L and go to another firm where he could make more money and grow his practice to the next level.”