A lawyer found to have filed a malpractice counterclaim in bad faith to harass and delay a firm suing him for fees has been hit with sanctions of $60,000 on top of the fees he owed.

“The counterclaim has all the earmarks of a pleading meant simply to intimidate an adversary and to delay entry of judgment on the complaint,” a New Jersey appeals court said last week in upholding the sanctions award in Cuyler Burk v. Silverman, A-208-06.