An appellate court has ruled that two Miami lawyers should split a contingency fee award based on their written fee agreement — even though one lawyer was fired by the client on the advice of the other lawyer before the case was won.

A 4th District Court of Appeal panel unanimously ruled April 2 that Scott Jay, who referred a legal malpractice case to Warren Trazenfeld, is entitled to 25 percent of the $218,000 fee Trazenfeld won as part of a $485,000 judgment in Broward Circuit Court in 2003.

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