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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman partners Paul Tummonds Jr. and Patrick Potter are the targets of a $50 million malpractice complaint filed by former client Capitol Hill Group. According to the complaint filed on September 7 in D.C. Superior Court, the plaintiff owned property at 700 Constitution Ave. N.E., leased to a nursing home and a hospital. At issue was the number of parking spaces needed. Initially, the city said 85. When a neighborhood group appealed, Capitol Hill Group tapped Tummonds and Potter for help. According to the complaint, the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment first rejected the appeal. The board reconsidered a portion of its denial, however, and eventually issued a final order requiring 177 parking spots. That was in September 2004. And now for the rub — Capitol Hill Group claims that its counsel did not inform it of the final order until the spring of 2005. At that point, the property had too few spaces, and the group could no longer appeal. The result, according to the complaint: upwards of $50 million in losses. In addition to naming the lawyers and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the complaint, filed by Emil Hirsch of O’Connor & Hannan, also separately names Shaw Pittman, because Capitol Hill Group was a client before the merger with Pillsbury Winthrop in 2005. Tummonds and Potter did not return calls, and Hirsch declined to comment.
Marisa McQuilken can be contacted at [email protected].

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