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The Miami-based managing partner of Boyd & Greene is seeking the dissolution of the law firm and has alleged that the firm’s Atlanta-based managing partner threatened to slander him to clients. W. Todd Boyd filed the suit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court last month seeking to dissolve Boyd & Greene LLC, and to enjoin Atlanta managing partner Steven S. Greene from slandering or libeling him. But in an interview this week, Boyd downplayed any strife within the firm, and said Boyd & Greene was simply reorganizing. “It’s internal issues. That’s it,” said Boyd, who claimed that he filed the slander and libel allegations because he was “just trying to get things moving along.” He declined to comment on the slander and libel allegations, or to say when the law firm restructuring would be complete. “There’s no scandal. We’re just splitting up the firm,” he said. Greene was equally tight-lipped, but said he had a different future in mind for the firm. Greene on Tuesday said he “wouldn’t say the firm is splitting up,” but he declined to comment further on the litigation. His answer to the complaint is due next Monday. Boyd & Greene is a 15-lawyer, employment and commercial litigation boutique with offices in Miami, Atlanta, New York, Houston, San Diego and Columbia, S.C. Greene and Boyd were 50-50 partners in the firm, according to the lawsuit. Half of the firm’s attorneys are in the Miami office. The firm’s client list includes Tyson Foods, the University of Michigan, GE Capital, Allegis Group and Staples Inc. In his complaint, Boyd contended that “Greene has undertaken activities not permitted by the LLC agreement and detrimental to Boyd & Greene.” He said Greene “has threatened to make disparaging and libelous statements” about him to his clients, as well as to Boyd & Greene employees. Boyd is representing himself in the litigation. Boyd joined forces with Greene in 2003 after practicing at Katz Barron in Miami. He took his entire litigation practice group with him when he left Katz Barron to form Boyd & Greene, according to his biography on the Boyd & Greene Internet site. Four employment litigation attorneys from Katz Barron joined Boyd at Boyd & Greene when it was incorporated in Florida in November 2003. Prior to its incorporation, Greene, a labor and employment attorney, headed Matthews & Greene, an employment litigation boutique firm in Atlanta that he founded in 1999. Matthews refers not to a partner but to Greene’s young son Matthews. Greene’s firm had five attorneys, with a second office in Charlotte, N.C. Shortly after incorporating, Boyd & Greene tripled in size. But at least three experienced lawyers left the firm in the past year. They included Michael Faillace, former in-house counsel to IBM; Steven Feinberg, who focused on complex litigation; and Maria Montenegro, who concentrated on professional liability defense, employment practices defense and securities and commercial litigation. Faillace, who started his own labor and employment firm in New York, did not return a call for comment. Montenegro also left the firm to start a practice in Miami Lakes. Neither Montenegro nor Feinberg could be reached for comment.

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