Lowenstein Sandler faces a legal malpractice suit from a pharmaceutical executive’s widow who alleges the firm’s mismanagement of her late husband’s $170 million estate left her with an inflated tax bill.

The firm’s lawyers failed to disclose to Angela Krivulka that they had multiple conflicts when they sought to be hired as estate counsel, the suit claims. And those lawyers failed to consult her before deciding to administer the estate in their home state, New Jersey, instead of Arizona, where the couple moved in 2009, a decision that nearly doubled the amount of taxes on the estate, the suit claims.

Lita Beth Wright of Amini. Courtesy photo