Legal recruiting firm MS Legal Search has sued Serpe, Jones, Andrews, Callender & Bell of Houston to collect an unpaid placement fee after the firm allegedly hired a job candidate MS Legal referred to the firm.

MS Legal alleges in its Oct. 26 petition that Serpe, Jones hired the job candidate in 2011 but has “refused” to pay the placement fee. MS Legal seeks 20 percent or 25 percent of the attorney’s beginning annual compensation. Serpe, Jones denies the allegations.