Lawyers whose original retainer agreement stated only that they would receive a one-third contingent fee must disgorge additional fees collected for an appeal and collateral litigation, a Manhattan judge has ruled.
Omar Siagha was assaulted in 1993 by a bartender at an Upper East Side restaurant called Ruby’s River Road Cafe. To pursue a claim against the restaurant, Siagha contacted lawyer Michael J. Rosenblatt, then an associate at the firm of Schwartz, Gutstein & Associates.
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