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It might seem that after three lawyers terminated their representations of Jessica Cutler, she would have trouble finding legal counsel. Instead, Cutler, a one-time Senate staffer who was sued by her ex-lover for detailing his alleged sexual habits on her infamous Washingtonienne blog, had an attorney knocking at her door. Matthew Billips, an Atlanta-based lawyer with Miller & Billips, says he found the invasion-of-privacy lawsuit filed by Robert Steinbuch so “ridiculous” that he cold-called Cutler a couple of months ago to ask if he could assist her case. As it turned out, his call was fortuitous, because just a few weeks later Cutler’s lawyer John Umana sought to pull out of Cutler’s case because of her failure to pay. Now Billips is taking Cutler’s case for good, along with John Ates, an Arlington, Va., attorney with Albo & Oblon, who is local counsel. Billips has no second thoughts about Cutler’s past troubles. “I don’t expect to be paid, so that’s not an issue,” he says. Indeed, he’s already taking shots at Steinbuch. In an Aug. 10 filing, Billips said the Judiciary Committee staffer will have to explain contradictory statements he made about his reputation in other lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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