Atlanta criminal defense lawyer Edward T.M. Garland was so pleased with the referral of a complex federal case to his firm that he cut a $5,000 check to the Florida lawyer who sent the business his way.

“I guess it’s one of those cases where no good deed goes unpunished,” said Garland, who, along with his firm, eight-attorney Garland, Samuel & Loeb, was subsequently sued by the referring lawyer, Paul R. Marcus of Miami.

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