The $172 million Wal-Mart meal-break verdict won by The Furth Firm in 2005 was huge news — ranking among the top 10 verdicts nationally — but few of the lawyers will be around to celebrate if and when the money arrives.

Only last August, founder Frederick Furth changed the firm name to Furth, Lehmann & Grant. Michael Lehmann, the office managing partner, had been with the San Francisco-based firm for 30 years. And Jessica Grant played a key role in the Wal-Mart litigation, according to court documents.

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