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A pair of multimillion-dollar breach-of-contract and age discrimination cases against Richmond-based Hunton & Williams may soon be settled, says the attorney for the plaintiffs, Donald Temple. Temple is representing David Geneson, a white-collar defense specialist who spent more than 16 years at the firm, first as counsel and then as partner. Geneson left last year to become partner in the D.C. office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. His claim, filed in D.C. Superior Court, states that after he resigned, he was deprived of the payment he was entitled to as firm partner and that his partnership interest was forfeited. According to the February 2007 complaint, Geneson is seeking $3 million in damages for breach of contract, breach of covenant and duty of good faith and fair dealing, and unlawful forfeiture. Temple also represents Pauline Schneider, a 64-year-old former Hunton partner who is suing the firm for age discrimination and breach of contract. Last week, D.C. Superior Court Judge Ronna Lee Beck granted a joint motion to reinstate Schneider’s case after it was dismissed on Aug. 1 for failure of proof of service. In the May complaint, Schneider, who spent 21 years at the firm, seeks $2.5 million in damages. Hunton has until Oct. 1 to file an answer to Schneider’s complaint. Geneson did not return calls for comment while Schneider referred calls to Temple. “We’re in settlement mode on both cases,” Temple says. “I’m hopeful that the parties can resolve the differences amicably.” Hunton, which is represented by partner Wendell Taylor, did not return calls seeking comment.
Osita Iroegbu can be contacted at [email protected].

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