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A former partner from San Francisco’s Fliesler Dubb Meyer & Lovejoy claims the firm has dragged its feet on paying $753,000 it owes him and has used the money to pay for firm operations. Intellectual property lawyer Warren Wolfeld, now a partner with Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld in Half Moon Bay, sued his former firm and two of its partners for breach of contract last month in San Francisco Superior Court. In an Oct. 31 complaint, Wolfeld claims that Fliesler Dubb has paid only a small fraction of at least $773,000 he’s owed for bonuses and other compensation. And he alleges that the intellectual property firm has used the money it still owes him “to continue to operate the firm.” Both actions violate the firm’s partnership agreement, Wolfeld’s complaint alleges. The two founding partners named as defendants in Wolfeld’s suit, Martin Fliesler and Sheldon Meyer, did not return calls seeking comment Tuesday afternoon. Wolfeld said his former firm has paid him $20,000 since he resigned in March 2001, but that it still owes him at least $753,000, according to the complaint. Fliesler e-mailed Wolfeld in March 2002 to tell him that due to other resignations, the firm was still “working on sorting all of the [compensation numbers] out,” the complaint says. But Wolfeld hasn’t received any more checks, his complaint states. Wolfeld deferred questions to his attorney, Kevin Holl, a partner at Gordon-Creed, Kelley, Holl & Sugerman. Holl declined to elaborate on the complaint. Wolfeld began his career as an associate with New York’s Kenyon & Kenyon, according to his current firm’s Web site. Fliesler Dubb boasts a long client list, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Panasonic, The Clorox Co., Xerox Corp. and Yahoo Inc. Among its cases, the firm’s patent infringement fights have revolved around products ranging from anti-virus software to electronic bingo handsets. Wolfeld joined Fliesler Dubb as an associate in 1986 and rose to partner there in January 1991, according to the complaint in Wolfeld v. Fliesler Dubb Meyer & Lovejoy, 03-425986. He moved to Haynes Beffel in 2001.

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