In what began as a $127,000 dispute, the stairway to a successful outcome for a South Florida Am Law 200 firm literally hinged on just that: a set of undelivered steel pan stairs, which could lead to a nearly $2.3 million award of attorney fees, without interest.

That’s the amount the firm will be asking the trial court to award as reasonable fees to date, as ordered by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal.