Attorney Sues for His Share of Prior Firm's Assets, Profits
Jonathan Wolfert, who heads Seyfarth Shaw's New York litigation department, has brought suit against his former law partners and their firm, Kaplan Landau, claiming they are obligated to pay his share of assets and profits from their prior firm.
Wolfert joined Kaplan Thomashower & Landau (KTL) as counsel in 1991 and became a partner two years later. In 2008, Wolfert withdrew from the partnership and joined Seyfarth Shaw as a partner. "There was no agreement that KTL would continue other than for the purpose of winding up," Wolfert said in court papers in Wolfert v. Kaplan Landau, 650442/2014.
Wolfert claims remaining partners Eugene Neal Kaplan and Mark Landau began operating Kaplan Landau (KL) and transferred the assets of KTL to KL.
Wolfert sued Kaplan, Landau, KTL and KL and seeks an accounting of his interest in KTL. "Defendants are obligated to pay to Wolfert his share of the assets and profits to which Wolfert is entitled by reason of his partnership interest in KTL," said Wolfert, represented by Anthony Tersigni and Andrea Tersigni at Meyers Tersigni Feldman & Gray.
Kaplan Landau, a seven-attorney firm, focuses on commercial, real estate and construction litigation as well as white-collar criminal and regulatory defense. When reached for comment Friday, Landau said the suit "is without basis" and "he's not owed anything." He declined to comment further, saying his firm had not been served yet.
Wolfert and his attorneys did not return calls Friday seeking comment.