Declaring that seven years is long enough for a case to go to trial, a state judge denied an attorney's request to withdraw as counsel for a family in an impending wrongful death trial because the lawyer does not think it is his responsibility to be "fronting" $20,000 for expert witness fees. Court of Claims Judge Stephen J. Mignano has ruled that attorney Stephen R. Krawitz is misinterpreting the wording of his retainer agreement with the guardians of 7-year-old Kiana Wilson, who drowned in 2001.
Court Denies Attorney's Bid To Withdraw From Lawsuit
New York Law Journal
September 26, 2008
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