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�1 These cross appeals have been taken from the judgment in the amount of $183,600.00 entered in favor of the law firm of Mager, Liebenberg and White, (hereinafter ML&W) and against the law firm of Salmanson and Falcao, LLC (hereinafter S&F or appellant) and its client, Lynn M. Bultena, in this litigation over counsel fees. We are constrained to reverse and remand for the entry of a judgment in conformity with Pennsylvania law.

�2 This unseemly lawsuit was initiated by Carol Mager, Roberta Liebenberg, and Ann White, trading as the law firm of Mager, Liebenberg and White (ML&W), against Michael Salmanson, individually, Linda P. Falcao, individually, the law firm of Salmanson and Falcao LLC (S&F) and Mr. Lynn M. Bultena, individually. ML&W, in its complaint, claimed entitlement to the fee which had been received by appellant as a result of Mr. Salmanson’s representation of Lynn M. Bultena in a qui tam case*fn1 involving Mr. Bultena’s former employer, Blue Shield.

�3 Mr. Salmanson was employed as an associate at ML&W from July 1992 until June 10, 1997, when he resigned and began a practice with his wife, Linda Falcao. Mr. Bultena, as a result of a direct referral to Mr. Salmanson, had retained the law firm of ML&W in March of 1996, pursuant to a written retainer agreement dated March 15, 1996, which provided for Mr. Bultena to pay all costs associated with the firm’s representation and to pay an hourly fee of $200.*fn2 Mr. Salmanson’s agreement with his employer, ML&W, provided for him to receive 15% of all fees the firm collected from Mr. Bultena as an attribution fee for originating the client. The parties agree that no member of ML&W, other than Mr. Salmanson, ever worked on any matter for Mr. Bultena, and that at all times, ML&W paid 15% of the fees it collected from Mr. Bultena to Mr. Salmanson as an attribution fee.

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