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A dispute over several hundred thousand dollars in legal fees has pushed intellectual property lawyer David Toren to haul his former firm, Anderson Kill & Olick, into New York County Supreme Court. Toren, who now heads Brown & Wood’s patent and trademark practice in New York, is alleging Anderson Kill employed accounting ruses and other steps to deprive him of earnings. While departing partners often have difficulty settling differences with their former law firms, few disagreements grow so rancorous that they result in a lawsuit. The complaint indicates Toren and Anderson Kill tried to negotiate some of the issues, but failed to reach a settlement. Neither side would discuss the details of the case. Toren’s suit is the latest in a string of misfortunes to hit Anderson Kill this year. Citing a downturn in insurance coverage work, Anderson Kill fired 22 partners. The crisis spurred the defection of a number of other lawyers, including Toren. When eight of Toren’s colleagues � legal and nonlegal personnel � gave notice that they would be following him to Brown & Wood, Anderson Kill issued termination notices which saved the firm from paying salaries to the group for one work day.

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